Jul 30, 2002

West Papua supporters disrupt Megawati's visit to 10 Downing Street

On June 14, 2002, a group of demonstrators, including Koketa-wearing West Papuans, armed with placards and a grave stone for murdered Papuan leader Theys Eluay, disrupted the entrance of Indonesian President Megawati to 10 Downing Street in London, for her meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The purpose was to draw media attention to the ongoing human rights violations and atrocities occurring in West Papua, committed by Indonesian military and police forces. The protestors gathered in support of the Papuan people's struggle for freedom and justice. As UK nationals, they objected to the British government's involvement in supplying military support and hardware to the Megawati government.