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Jakarta Post

Group opposes hero title for Soeharto

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 6 2016   /  08:03 am

Resistance toward bestowing the country’s longest-serving president, Soeharto, with the title of national hero has continued amid lingering allegations that the former ruler of the New Order had engaged in corruption and ordered mass killings.

A group called Gema Demokrasi (Democratic Resonance) rallied on Wednesday, highlighting controversies surrounding his reign of 32 years.

Gema Demokrasi spokesman Asep Komarudin told The Jakarta Post that Soeharto was not worthy of receiving the award because he abused human rights and embezzled state money during his term in office from 1966 to 1998.

“He committed a lot of violations back then, such as the massacre of Indonesian Communist Party [PKI] members and other crimes during the New Order era,” Asep said at the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) headquarters.

Soeharto has been considered responsible...