Indonesia | Indonesia's bid to probe 1965-66 massacres sparks backlash

Indonesia’s bid to probe 1965-66 massacres sparks backlash

May 29, 2016 2:49 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

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.

An anti-communism group holds a rally in Bandung
An anti-communism group holds a rally in Bandung

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

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