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Jakarta Post

Propaganda dé jà vu? Let’s learn from millennials

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 29, 2017   /  07:32 am
Propaganda dé jà vu? Let’s learn from millennials Dark history – Maj. Gen. Soeharto (center, left) briefs members of the Army’s RPKAD Special Forces (now Kopassus) prior to the removal of the bodies of Army officers who were murdered on Sept. 30, 1965. As the most senior military officer available at the time, Soeharto led all operations to restore security and impose order in the aftermath of the alleged coup attempt, which was blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). (JP/30 Tahun Indonesia Merdeka/-)

Here we go again, it’s the time of the year when the ghost of the past returns to haunt us. And this nightmare is far from over — its central scene being the murder of six generals and a captain in an attempted coup blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) on Sept. 30, 1965. Few know that millions were either murdered or prosecuted without trial, banished into exile or suffered discrimination for their alleged association with the PKI. More than five decades later, people still don’t know the complete history of the 1965 tragedy. School textbooks hardly mention the communist purge. Efforts of rehabilitation, let alone attempts at reconciliation are next to nowhere, as all parties believe they are the victims. Yet the nation is bracing for a dé jà vu moment with the public screening of the docudrama Pemberontakan G30S/PKI (The Treachery of G3...