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Jakarta Post

Defense minister decries ‘treasonous’ rise of communism

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 14 2016   /  09:56 am

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu was in full battle mode when he spoke of a need to counter what he saw as “the rise of communism” to hundreds of retired generals and members of several mass organizations at a meeting on Friday.

“The leftist movement is currently surging in this country. It is a sign of treason, sponsored by the leftovers of the Indonesian Communist Party [PKI],” he said vehemently in his opening remarks.

Ryamizard was referring to the recent discovery by police and military officials of the use of communist symbolism across many forums nationwide — including at cultural events, public screenings, on shirts carrying the symbol of the now-defunct PKI, the hammer-and-sickle logo, in books about the party in many bookstores and at book exhibitions.

People found to be associated with communist symbolism have been arrested, while book confisca...