Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) of Tolikara Region in Mountainous Papua Province is urging young Papuans not to apply as members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police.
“I’m speaking to the young generation of Papua, especially in Tolikara. Do not submit under the Indonesian colonial rulers by joining the TNI and Police, the State Intelligence Agency, and the Strategic Intelligence Agency to defend the Republic of Indonesia,” KNPB Tolikara chariman Nalkos Kosaya said in a written statement on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
According to Kosaya, young people who are the future of the Papuan nation must be actively involved in the struggle for Papuan independence. “There is no future for the Papuan nation within the framework of the Republic of Indonesia. KNPB urges all young Papuans not to join the TNI and police, even if offered a position and money. It must be rejected for the sake of self-respect,” he said.
He said if Papuans got into the security forces, they would become a tool to hunt or arrest Papuans. “Therefore the youth must refuse to submit to the colonial system, then rise up to fight to save the homeland and nation of West Papua which is heading towards extinction,” he said. (*)