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Romanticism of South Maluku separatists in exile

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 6 2010   /  10:22 am

Keep the unity: A student gives a mini red-and-white flag to a police officer in a rally in Makassar, South Sulawesi. The rally called for the police as well as the Indonesian Military to fight against the Maluku separatist rebel movement (RMS). JP/Andi Hajramurni In 1950, the Indonesian army defeated the South Maluku Republic (RMS) separatist movement set up by former Ambonese soldiers in the Koninklijk Nederlandsch Indisch Leger (KNIL) — the Dutch colonial
Army.

After the Indonesian army took control of Ambon and Seram Islands, the Dutch Cabinet in The Hague gathered the remaining KNIL soldiers of Ambonese origin and sent them to the Netherlands.In March 1951, the first group of around 4,000 KNIL members from Ambon and their families arrived in Rotterdam, Holland. Around 12,000 Maluku people followed later aboard 14 ships. This community which has now settled in the Netherl...