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Jakarta Post

Govt told to refuse Dutch apology over mass killings in 1945-1949

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 4, 2013   /  07:07 pm

University of Indonesia historian Anhar Gonggong on Wednesday urged the government to turn down the Dutch government'€™s attempts to apologize about mass killings it committed during its colonial rule.

'€œThe apology can only be accepted under two circumstances: the Dutch government must officially recognize [the date of] Indonesian independence to be Aug. 17, 1945, and the country should be held responsible for mass murder it committed during its time in Indonesia,'€ Anhar said in Jakarta as quoted by

The mass killings the Dutch government wants to apologize for are known as the '€œWesterling Tragedy'€ in South Sulawesi, another incident in Surabaya on Nov. 10, 1945, as well as other mass killings across Indonesia.

 '€œWe know how people in South Sulawesi struggled to fight with Westerling [Dutch Military officer Captain Raymon Westerling] who wanted to form an East Indonesia regime,'€ he said. '€œAn apology in the form of money is an insult. The thousands that died as a result of the Westerling Tragedy cannot be replaced with money,'€ he said.

The Dutch government intends to offer a formal apology and '‚¬20,000 (US$26,320) to the families of victims, especially widows, of a number of mass massacres during 1945-1949.

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