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Jakarta Post

TNI’s neutrality in spotlight

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Cilegon, Banten   /   Fri, October 6, 2017   /  08:19 am
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Civillians and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel take part in a tank parade during the TNI’s 72nd anniversary commemoration at Indah Kiat Port in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday. The theme of this year’s anniversary was “Together with People, TNI is Powerful, Mighty and Professional, Ready to Realize an Indonesia that Is Independent, Sovereign, Full of Character, Just and Prosperous.”(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

“All that I’ve done [...] is neither for myself nor my family, not for any institution, not for any [political] party, but for all people and Indonesia,” said Danang Priambodo Soedirman, reciting a statement by his grandfather, the great Gen. Soedirman. Danang acted as Soedirman, a national hero and the country’s first military commander, during a colossal play centering on the situation post-independence war in 1948 in Sedayu, Central Java. Soedirman led guerilla forces in the jungles of Java to fight off Dutch troops that had named him a most-wanted man. The play was featured during the commemoration of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) 72nd anniversary held at a dock belonging to paper company PT Indah Kiat in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday. To the audience, which included Cabinet members and representatives of foreign embassies, the “reviva...