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Jakarta Post

Calls to renew probe of 1965 tragedy mount

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 21, 2017   /  07:00 am
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A dark time -- Then Maj. Gen. Soeharto briefs members of the Army’s Special Forces (RPKAD, now Kopassus) prior to the removal of the bodies of the Army generals who were murdered during an alleged coup attempt on Sept. 30, 1965, which was blamed on the now defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). As the most senior military officer available at the time, Soeharto led all the operations to restore security and impose order in the aftermath of the alleged coup attempt. (JP/30 Tahun Indonesia Merdeka)

Following the release of declassified United States files on the 1965-1966 tragedy, activists have called on the government to use the release as an opportunity to refresh and conclude a long-stalled investigation into the mass killings, for the sake of justice for the victims and families. Some 30,000 pages of files from the US Embassy released on Tuesday revealed more details of the campaign to purge thousands of members and alleged sympathizers of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid called on the Indonesian Military (TNI), which was mentioned many times in the US archives, to release its own records on the tragedy publicly, to reveal the truth about what really happened at the time. “There should be a comparison between the declassified US files and the Indonesian government’s archives. This opport...