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Jakarta Post

Soeharto’s birthplace in Yogyakarta gets monument

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 2 2013   /  09:58 am

A 3-meter statue of Soeharto has been erected by the late president’s family in the town where he was born, Kemusuk Lor Hamlet in Bantul, Yogyakarta.

The monument sits on a 3,800-meter plot and is flanked by 30 pillars and exhibits featuring photographs and memorabilia depicting moments from Soeharto’s life until his death in 2008.

“We built this monument so that the people who come after him will still be able to recognize what Pak Harto did for his beloved country,” Soeharto’s half brother, Probosutedjo, said on at a ceremony to inaugurate the monument of Friday.

The opening of the monument coincides with the commemoration of the March 1 General Attack in 1949, when Indonesian freedom fighters daringly captured Yogyakarta from the Dutch for six hours to stymie a critical UN vote on the then Dutch East Indies.

Soeharto, then a lieutenant colonel, ...