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Remember the suppressed, wear black and red

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, July 10, 2014

FOLLOWING global movements calling for the freedom of West Papua, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) together with the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) have created the "We Bleed Black and Red" campaign.

The campaign asks members of the public to wear something black and red each Wednesday in remembrance of those suffering from suppression, among other injustices, in West Papua.

At present, both organisations are selling black and red ribbon badges and wristbands for $2 each to support the cause.

"The youth members of staff of the Pacific Conference of Churches and the Pacific Network on Globalisation launched the pro-democracy 'We Bleed Black and Red' campaign in support of their West Papuan sisters and brothers," a statement on the PANG website read.

"Black and red ribbon badges were also distributed to represent the West Papuan flag of independence, the Morning Star."

The black colour symbolises life, while the red represents the blood that has been shed for over half a century.

According to the statement,the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma are also supporters of the cause, together with a number of other organisations.

Those interested in purchasing a badge or a wristband are encouraged to visit the PCC office or the PANG office in Suva.

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