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Jakarta Post

Retired generals to hold anti-communist symposium

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 31 2016   /  08:31 am

Ideological tensions may heat up as some retired Army generals have organized an anti-communist symposium for Wednesday in response to an event in April when participants discussed the deadly 1965 purge and possible reconciliation.

At least 300 retired generals and members of mass organizations will gather at the event called “Protecting Pancasila from Threats of the Indonesian Communist Party [PKI] and Other Ideologies” on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The outcomes from the April symposium have run counter to what we expected as a way to shed light for national reconciliation,” symposium coordinator Kiki Syahnakri told a press conference on Monday.

“Using a historical approach is not the correct way to address everything related to the PKI, because it contains lots of versions that will only confuse the public who want the truth to be revealed,” he said, refe...