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Wiranto, Golfried Siregar and eco films

  • Julia Suryakusuma

    The author of Julia’s Jihad

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16 2019   /  01:08 am

Hey, I’m not a big fan of Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, and former army general, Wiranto, but like so many others, I was aghast when I heard that he had been stabbed by an assailant, later suspected to be affiliated with Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) linked to the Islamic State (IS) movement. Why the attack, and why Wiranto? His appointment as minister was more than a little controversial as he is said to have played a significant role “in facilitating human rights violations by the Indonesian Army and Jakarta-backed militias” in former East Timor and also in similar activities during the 1998 May riots. There have been three motives suggested as to why Wiranto was targeted and none have to do with his past. One, that it was engineered by a rival as he is tipped to be a strong candidate for being reappointed security minister. Two, that the attack was ...