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Papua Flotilla waiting to contact Indonesian authorities

Papua Flotilla waiting to contact Indonesian authorities

Updated 13 September 2013, 11:42 AEST

To the Arafura Sea north of Australia .

... where a flotilla of boats is trying to sail to the Indonesian Province of Papua to protest against treason charges against four community leaders.

The 20 or so activists started their trip in Australia's central Lake Eyre and set off from Cairns on the sea leg earlier this week.

The Freedom Flotilla West Papua has been warned by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that if they are arrested or detained, the Australian government will not provide any extra consular assistance.

Yesterday when we talked to them, they were close to the Indonesian marine border - 24 hours later, they're not much further on.

Onboard the flagship of the flotilla, the "Pog Mo Hon", organiser Izzy Brown gave this update.

Presenter: Wendy Everett

Speaker: Organiser Izzy Brown from the Freedom Flotilla

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