Πέμπτη, 16 Ιουνίου 2016
Behind Indonesia’s Red Scare: Why is the Indonesian military again warning of an imminent communist revolution?
A military trainer inspects participants of the Bela Negara (defend the nation) program as they stand at attention at a training center in Rumpin, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia June 2, 2016.
Image Credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
Around 50 years after the obliteration of the Indonesian Communist Party (Partai Komunis Indonesia, or PKI), the specter of communism has risen again to seek revenge against the proud nationalists who saved the country from disintegration – at least that’s what Defense Minister Ryamizard Rycadu thinks. For the past few months, hardliners within the military elite have been stoking public anxiety about communism’s re-emergence in Indonesia. Military figures have publicly warned of discreet attempts by communists to launch a revolution and reminded citizens to steer clear of communism or risk imprisonment. Additionally, several organizations associated with the military, most notably the Communication Forum on Indonesian Veterans’ Children (FKPPI), have staged protests and raised bannersacross the island of Java to warn of communism’s potential ascent.
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