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Jakarta Post

Aceh insistent on flying GAM flag

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 7 2013   /  09:09 am

The Aceh provincial administration is adamant on keeping a qanun (bylaw) on the Aceh flag and coat-of-arms valid by designating the separatist crescent-and-star flag as the official flag of the province.

Aceh Deputy Governor Muzakir Manaf said on Saturday the Aceh flag was a symbol of the struggles and sacrifices experienced by the Acehnese, therefore it was natural to be designated as the Aceh flag.

He explained the suggestion to designate the crescent-and-star flag as the Aceh flag had gone through all necessary processes before being endorsed at the Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA).

Muzakir, a former commander of the now-defunct Free Aceh Movement (GAM), said the administration had also agreed to designate the flag as the province’s official flag.

“This is a characteristic that differentiates Aceh from other provinces,” he told The Jakarta Post at the ...