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Jakarta Post

Kemusuk villagers remember the son who protected them

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 28 2008   /  02:15 am

Residents of Kemusuk in Bantul, Yogyakarta, lowered flags and went into mourning Sunday for former president Soeharto, who was born in the village.

Soeharto nephew Aryo Notosuwito said villagers admired and loved the former president for the concern he showed for their welfare during his life.

Residents gathered Sunday evening at the house of Soeharto's late younger brother R. Notosuwito to pray. A similar prayer was held Friday evening.

Though the former president had been in critical condition for weeks, Soeharto's death still caught some residents by surprise because of what they said was the lack of natural signs they assumed would presage the death of an important person.

They said there were no signs from white buffaloes raised by the Soeharto family in the village. Locals believe the buffaloes can ultimately be traced bac...