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Julie Bishop : No Threats Made to West Papuan Activists

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) - The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has denied that threats were made to three West Papuan activists who scaled the walls of the Australian consulate in Bali.

Students Markus Jerewon, 29, Yuvensius Goo, 22 and Rofinus Yanggam, 30, climbed the walls to enter the consulate compound ahead of the Apec summit in Bali to highlight claims of abuse and ill-treatment of West Papuans in the Indonesian province. They left the compound three hours later.

Yanggam spoke to Guardian Australia shortly after leaving the consulate and said the consul-general, Brett Farmer, told the group the Indonesian police and army would be called.

But Bishop said Australian officials acted professionally and no threats were made.

"I'm advised that no threats were made," she told ABC Radio on Friday. "Indeed, I understand we called them a taxi ... when their friend who was to pick them up didn't turn up," Bishop said. [TheGuardian]


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