Papuan activists wear ‘koteka’ to court despite ban

Papuan activists wear ‘koteka’ to court despite ban

The Jakarta Post-News·2020-01-22 00:15

Two of the six Papuan activists standing trial on charges of treason wore koteka (traditional Papuan dress) to a hearing on Monday at the Central Jakarta District Court, despite the judges’ ban last week.

The two activists, Dano Anes Tabuni and Ambrosius Mulait, donned the koteka, or penis sheathes made from gourds, wore traditional crowns and sang a traditional Papuan song called “Hidang Makhendang”.

Dano and Ambrosius, along with Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta and students Charles Kossay, Isay Wenda and Arina Elopere, are standing trial for holding a protest in support of Papuan independence in front of the State Palace on Aug. 28.


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