How to perform arrest

Performing a Citizen’s Arrest

Your attempts to arrest this war criminal will, at this stage, be largely symbolic, but they will have great political resonance. We will be listing on here closer to the time the confirmed itinerary of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his state visit.

It is essential that they are pursued peacefully and calmly, not least for your own safety: at no point should you create the impression that you mean to harm him, or you could be harmed yourself. The method we recommend is calmly to approach Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and in a gentle fashion to lay a hand on his shoulder or elbow, in such a way that he cannot have any cause to complain of being hurt or trapped by you, and announce loudly, “Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, this is a citizens’ arrest for genocide and crimes against humanity in West Papua. I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge.”

If any British police officers are accompanying Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, you should explain the charge to them, and encourage them to support you by arresting him.

You are advised not to put yourself at risk of charges of assault or false imprisonment. In other words, do not cling onto Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or attempt to drag him anywhere (he is after all a dangerous murderer!)

You are unlikely to get much further than that. But as long as the attempt is picked up by the media, the point will have been made: he is a war criminal who can expect to be pursued for his crime wherever he goes.

You should decide how you want to leave the situation after your attempt. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or the people accompanying him might wish to argue with you if the arrest takes place in the media spotlight, so before attempting it you should have a good grasp of the case against him, be aware of the likely counter-arguments, and prepare some responses.

But we emphasise again: do not use any methods which could be construed as violent. This will be deterimental to the campaign to shed light on the ongoing genocide in West Papua. The founders of this campaign cannot be held responsible if you do not abide by this rule.