Striking workers at West Papua’s Freeport mine have been given until today to end their strike, or face ‘firm action’ reports New Matilda.
A letter obtained by the online news service was sent to the head of Freeport division of the All Indonesia Workers Union (SPSI) by the police commander in Mimika, Deny Edward Siregar. It orders the union to break the strike by 1 November or risk “firm action”, and accuses the union of breaching several laws and regulations.
The police threats follow revelations that police have received payments from Freeport to secure the area, payments the police headquarters describe as ‘lunch money’.
The Freeport strike began on 15 September and the area has since seen escalating violence and a number of deaths.