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Papua, joint amnesia and selective memory

  • Pierre Marthinus

Jakarta | Thu, December 13 2012 | 12:15 pm

PREMIUM Why is it so difficult for Indonesians to remember the conflict that surrounded the transfer of Papua from the Dutch to Indonesia that culminated in the Act of Free Choice referendum (Pepera) in 1969?

The same difficulties are also evident in the “Bersiap”, or “Get Ready”, period in the early days of Indonesian independence and in the nation’s communist purge in 1965. Most Indone...