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1965 victims protest against ‘The Act Of Killing’

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Sun, September 30 2012   /  09:32 am

A victim of the 1965 anticommunist purges in Medan, North Sumatra, Astaman Hasibuan, raised his voice in protest against the controversial film The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the massacre of Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members in North Sumatra.

The film leaves out the role of the military, whereas in fact, said Astaman, most of the murders of PKI members in the province were committed by members of the military.

“The film did not involve the military, despite the fact that soldiers carried out the massacres. I voice my protest,” Astaman told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The 72-year-old man said he was about to be killed by the military in 1965, but as he was riding on a truck to Labuhan Deli, he leapt off the truck and dove into a river to save his life. Ever since then, he added, he was hunted by soldiers.

“I was repeatedly caught but...