Australia activists claim Papua mission success
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian activists have sailed to Indonesia's restive Papua region to draw attention to rights abuses, completing what they said on Friday was a "sacred mission" to reconnect with local indigenous leaders.
The "Freedom Flotilla" left Australia last month and overnight crossed into Indonesian waters shortly after the Indonesian navy threatened to turn the boat back.
The group said they had completed their mission to present sacred water from the springs of Lake Eyre in central Australia and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies around the country to West Papuan leaders.
"Evading the Indonesian navy, two tiny boats met near the Australia-Indonesia border to ceremonially reconnect the indigenous peoples of Australia and West Papua," the group said on its website.