Indonesia has questioned why Australia is yet to arrest people who “trespassed” on the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne and waved a West Papuan separatist flag when their faces were clearly visible in video footage of the event.
Tensions remain inflamed between the two countries after a defence fracas earlier this month following the discovery of “offensive material” – including an assignment related to West Papuan independence – at a Perth army base.
Within days of the furore a Caucasian man was filmed provocatively holding up the separatist West Papuan “Morning Star” flag, which is banned in Indonesia, on the roof of the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne. Another person filmed the event.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi described the alleged trespass on January 6 as a “criminal act that is completely intolerable”.