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How ex-generals wage war on democracy

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 4, 2019   /  09:18 am
How ex-generals wage war on democracy Protestors throw rocks at antiriot police in Petamburan, Central Jakarta. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The weeks-long protests and defiant attitude of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, followed by rioting in Jakarta on May 21 and 22, have opened a new dimension in Indonesian politics.  No less than half a dozen retired generals, many of them prominent during the last years of president Soeharto’s New Order, were reportedly involved in the protests against the authorities.  Prabowo had lost his bid for the presidency, but he made it clear he would not go down without a fight.   All ex-commanders of the Army’s elite Special Forces (Kopassus), which Prabowo once led, were reportedly to join the rally of his supporters on May 22, but following the Army chief’s intervention, a number of former Kopassus commanders suddenly got together to demonstrate their unity.  The leading armed services personnel had thus been kept unaware of...

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