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Hasan di Tiro: The end of an era in Aceh

  • Iwan Dzulvan Amir

Banda Aceh   /   Fri, June 4 2010   /  11:12 am

Hasan di Tiro is dead. He died due to complications surrounding a respiratory infection at the emergency ward of the Zainal Abidin General Hospital in Banda Aceh, capital Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, at around 12:15 pm on Thursday. He was the founder of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM).Born as Tengku Hasan Muhammad di Tiro on Aug. 25, 1925, he spent most of his life in exile, mostly in the US and Stockholm, Sweden. Di Tiro began organizing a separatist movement, which he declared GAM on Dec. 4, 1976. The cause for this action remains unclear. Some claimed that he was disgruntled over his failure to
gain a pipeline contract in a new MobilOil gas plant in Aceh, and others said that it was due to the death of his brother, which he considered a result of deliberate neglect by a Javanese doctor.There are other theories, but the most likely was accumulated dissatisfaction over the cent...