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Jakarta Post

Independence Day observed: When will our people be free?

  • H.S. Dillon
    H.S. Dillon

    Executive director of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 30, 2017   /  01:30 pm
Independence Day observed: When will our people be free? Internal colonization has been masquerading as national development for decades. (Shutterstock/File)

There is cause to be happy with the way Independence Day was celebrated this year. The choice to convey a message through the sporting of regional dress by the elite has been widely lauded by the majority of Indonesia’s citizens. Aug. 17 is the time for us to be grateful for all our blessings. However, it also behooves upon us to remember our less fortunate kin, and try yet again to give voice to the marginalized — those terrorized into silence by officialdom and non-state actors alike. I was struck by the report on the statue in Kupang depicting president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The Four Freedoms” — freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of worship and freedom of speech. Let us chart our progress in gaining these freedoms by attempting to conduct a cursory foray into each of them. Freedom from fear. This malady spares no one. The 1965...

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