Indonesia’s bid to probe 1965-66 massacres sparks backlash
Indonesian activist Adlun Fiqri could be jailed for wearing a T-shirt allegedly bearing a leftist logo, one of many caught up in a backlash against efforts to shine a light on military-backed, anti-communist massacres half a century ago.
Police and the military have in recent weeks rounded up people for allegedly spreading communism — which remains outlawed in Indonesia — through logos on T-shirts.
They have also seized books about communism and stopped a film screening that touched on the subject.
It came after the government last month took timid steps towards making peace with one of the nation’s darkest chapters — the killing of at least 500,000 people in anti-communist massacres in 1965-66, conducted by local groups with military support. Read More