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Jakarta Post

Seminar canceled amid leftist fear

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nedi Putra AW

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  01:18 am

A history seminar scheduled for Oct. 24 at Malang State University (UM) in Malang, East Java has been canceled after a discussion with the Malang Military Command, according to a letter from the university’s history department.

The seminar was themed “Historical Change and Continuity in a Scientific and Learning Perspective” and was set to have four speakers, including Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) historian Asvi Warman Adam.

Asvi is known for his research into the 1965 tragedy, in which hundreds of thousands of alleged communist sympathizers were killed after an attempted coup allegedly masterminded by the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). He also testified at the International People’s Tribunal on 1965 crimes against humanity in Indonesia that was held in The Hague, Netherlands in 2015.

The letter, dated Oct. 10 and signed by history d...