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Book offers new hope for rights violations victims

  • The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 16 2010   /  08:53 am

Running things: Saskia E. Wieringa (second right) poses with former Indonesian Women’s Movement (Gerwani) activists (from left) Pudjiati, 84, Lestari, 79, and Sri Sulistiawati, 70, at the launch of her book in Jakarta on Thursday about the destruction of the women’s movement following the anti-communist purge. JP/Nurhayati For decades, the song Genjer-genjer sent shivers down the spines of those who heard it, especially listeners born in the 1980s.The song, which told the story of the genjer (lettuce) plant that gained popularity during times of extreme poverty due to its abundance amid high food prices, is for many synonymous with memories of generals slain during a political tragedy in 1965 and depicted in a propaganda film, Pemberontakan G30S PKI (September 30 Coup by the Indonesian Communist Party).Genjer-genjer was said to have been one of the party’s propaganda songs and...