‘Music Is A Weapon’ MCR Punks 4 West Papua
Punks For West Papua Australia was first launched in 2016 as the brainchild of Jody Bartolo from the punk band Diggers With Attitude to shine a light on the constant breaches of human rights violations against the people pf West Papua at the hands of the military and governments. West Papua, with a population of 3,500,000 is in the western part of the island of New Guinea and borders with Papua New Guinea in the East.
“Indonesia is not going to continue getting away with the slaughter of the indigenous rightful owners of West Papuan land” says Ash Brennan co-founder of Punks For 4 West Papua, Australia.
The Australian punk rock community created a no-holds barred Australian wide benefit, involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country, making Punks For West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock showcase in the nation’s history. “Australian punk is loud, very loud” says Brennan.
“Pernicious resource extraction in West Papua has also been hazardous to the environment and is a major propellent of Climate Change. But the world is now watching” he says.
According to Punks For West Papua Manchester co-founder Gary Hilton of Gas Music: “Little known Melanesian country West Papua has been subject to a media black out for 25 years. But with 500,000 indigenous people murdered to make way for Indonesian gold and natural resource looters – time’s up”.
John Robb, owner of Louder Than War and Punk with The Membranes, launched in 1977, says: “Punk rock was always more than three chords. It was a force of empowerment and an energy of hope. It always thought it could change the world. Maybe it’s now finally making that change”.
On December 1st the Global Flag Raising Day MCR Punks 4 West Papua is launching in Manchester with an evening of raising fund and awareness through speeches and music at Alphabet Brewery Tap. Featuring some of Manchesters most exciting bands including The Blinders, John Robb and the Membranes, Witch Fever and Modern Family Unit. Tickets are on sale now through Skiddle for £10.
Punks 4 West Papua Australia Trailer
Amnesty International Report:
Benny Wenda, Chairman of the United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP) Statement from X – September 21, 2018
Free West Papua Facebook Page
1st December 2018
Global Flag Raising Day MCR Punks 4 West Papua Event
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