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No glory for the political soldier, enemy of democracy

  • Bhatara Ibnu Reza
    Bhatara Ibnu Reza

    Senior researcher for Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor

Sydney | Fri, October 6, 2017 | 10:45 am
No glory for the political soldier, enemy of democracy The civilian government under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given more room for the military to enter activities unrelated to their military duties. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

PREMIUM Ahead of the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI) on Oct. 5, we’re again seeing signs of the reemergence of the “political soldier.” This is apparent in the figure of TNI chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, whose recent comments lie beyond his responsibility as the head of the military. Among other political actions, he ordered subordinates to hold public screenings of the N...

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