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Jakarta Post

Dutch govt apologizes for 1947 massacre

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 10 2011   /  08:50 am

Official apology: Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan pays homage by scattering petals on the graves of Indonesia victims of the Dutch massacre in Rawagede, West Java, on Friday. The Dutch government officially apologized to the relatives of the victims on Friday for killing more than 400 people in Rawagede on Dec. 9, 1947The Netherlands has officially apologized to relatives of victims killed in Rawagede village during Indonesia’s struggle to keep its independence more than six decades ago.

Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan presided over a tearful ceremony on Friday, attended by hundreds of villagers including surviving widows in their late 80s and early 90s, to issue an official apology from the Dutch state for its responsibility in the Rawagede Massacre.

“Today, we remember your family members who died 64 years ago at the hands of the Dutch mili...