Indonesian trolls target Tongan beauty Diamond Langi over Papuan solidarity

By *Sri Krishnamurthi*
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June 25, 202

[image: Diamond Langi]
queen Diamond Langi ... “I shared [her video] because I wanted to bring
awareness with what was happening with West Papuans, especially now with
the Black Lives Matter movement." Image: Diamond Langi FB screenshot/PMC

*By Sri Krishnamurthi, contributing editor of **Pacific Media Watch

Miss Universe NZ 2019 beauty queen Diamond Langi is being trolled by
thousands of Indonesians on social media for speaking up about discrimination
against West Papuans.

“The post I had made was #FreeWestPapua with a video showcasing the
discrimination West Papuans have had to endure for years,” she
declared on Coconet
TV’s Facebook
Instagram pages two days ago.

*READ MORE:* Seven Papuans jailed for treason amid drop charges call

On her “Women of the Islands – Diamond Langi” webpage on the Coconet TV
website, the Auckland-born Tongan beauty queen is quoted as saying:

“I shared it because I wanted to bring awareness with what was happening
with West Papuans, especially now with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I had kindly asked Miss Indonesia (Frederika Alexis Cull), who I had met
last year in America while competing at Miss Universe, to speak to the
president of her country [Joko Widodo] to free the seven activists who were
found guilty of treason for protesting against racism.

She says that from that one post she has been hounded by Indonesian trolls
who still exist on her Facebook page.

While there was support for her stance, some of the abuse from some
Indonesians bordered on plain hatred, whereas others claimed the Melanesian
region of West Papua belonged to Indonesia [it was annexed by Jakarta in in
1969 in a disputed colonisation process that has resulted in armed struggle
and peaceful resistance ever since – *Pacific Media Watch

*‘**My Instagram was flooded’*
“From that one post, my Instagram was flooded with abusive comments (at
least 10,000 comments in a day) and they also started abusing my family,
close friends, and even organisations that I work with,” she says on her
Coconet TV webpage.

[image: Diamond Langi comment]Some of Diamond Langi’s #FreeWestPapua
solidarity comments. FB screenshot/PMC

“I was like, wow if this is happening to me just from making a post,
imagine what is happening to the people of West Papua!

“I’ve had to deactivate some of my social media for a little bit but don’t
worry I’ll be back,” she says.

But she also had support for her stance.

“Very concerning that our beautiful Pacific sister, Diamond Langi’s public
Facebook page is under attack by a few propaganda-fuelled keyboard warriors
from Indonesia, because she’s chosen to use her emerging platform and
political freedom to stand in solidarity with our indigenous whanau in West
Papua,” @Oceania Interrupted <> said
on Facebook.

“Black Lives Matter all over the world, even in the Pacific – and bullying
someone for standing in solidarity with indigenous people in our Pacific
context, who continue to be brutally oppressed, exploited, silenced and
killed in their own land is sickening!

“If you haven’t already, please go on her page, show some love for what she
is standing in solidarity for; And if you know a thing or two about THE
REAL WEST PAPUA [sic] situation, please school the ignorant bullies on her
page and in our world,” the cultural activist group says.

Earlier this year, Langi acted in a Polish-American feature film titled,
*Sosefina*. The film is written by Manu Tanielu and Namualii Tofa and
directed by Hinano Tanielu.

The theme of *Sosefina* has been to tell the story of a marginalised and
overlooked Polynesian community. The movie was released in the United
States on 31 January 2020.

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