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Jakarta Post

Artists summoned over communist symbol exhibition

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, October 20 2008   /  11:17 am

The East Denpasar Police has summoned a group of young artists for using symbols of the now defunct communist party during an art exhibition organized last September. An art exhibition dubbed the G-30-S (30 artists' movement) was organized from Sept. 16 to 30 at the Denpasar Art Centre featuring contemporary art pieces that tried to redefine the meaning of some symbols, including communist symbols like the hammer and sickle. "We want to ask about their motivation behind all of this because we all know that publicly showing or exhibiting communist symbols is prohibited," East Denpasar Police chief Adj. Comr. Gede Ariantha told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. A temporary 1996 People's Consultative Assembly (MPRS) decree prohibits the Indonesia Communist Party's existence throughout the country. The decree also prohibits the public display of the party's symbols. The de...