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From Robin Hood to knighthood: The story of colonization continues

T.M.Y. Soukotta
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The Hague   ●   Mon, November 19 2012

Reading news about President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) knighthood during his recent state visit to the United Kingdom, one of my colleagues joked, that now Indonesia has a Robin Hood president. I replied, that I would rather he become a Robin Hood kind of thing, rather than enter this Knighthood thingy.

Two years ago, SBY cancelled a similar state visit to the Netherlands for fear of facing demonstrators, who accused him of responsibility for human rights violations at home, and the danger of being prosecuted for those gross crimes.

This year, however, SBY proudly paid an official visit to the UK despite demonstrations in London protesting his alleged role in atrocities in Papua and East Timor.

The visit was marked by the arrest of a human rights activist who was pinned down to the ground by the Presidential Security Force (Paspampres) on English soil. ...

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