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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 09:09 AM

The Forgotten Massacre


"The killings of (suspected) PKI members and supporters didn’t start until weeks after the September 30 coup attempt: massacres took place in Central Java in late October, then East Java in November, followed by Bali in December. In each instance the arrival of the Special Forces, commanded by Major Gen. Sarwo Edhie, preceded the killings.

Many victims were first arrested by militia groups supported by Edhie’s Special Forces. Prisoners were put into makeshift prison camps in remote locations and were often slain in groups, often by getting shot, stabbed, or having their skulls crushed with rocks and clubs. Much of the killing was done by young militia members of groups like Ansor, the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest Muslim organization.

Ernst Utrecht, a left-wing supporter of Sukarno and former parliamentarian, estimates up to fifty thousand Indonesians participated in the massacre. After decades of propaganda and cover up, the number of victims cannot be precisely determined. Most historians assume the number of dead to be somewhere between five hundred thousand and 1 million, though Edhie himself claimed the number was 3 million.

Western powers supported the army in its campaign against the PKI. On October 17, the CIA worried the army might not go “all the way,” settling instead “for action against those directly involved in the murder of the generals and permit[ting] Sukarno to get much of his power back.”

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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 03:05 PM

1. Thank you!

This really needs to be remembered. A gigantic atrocity, and something Henry Kissinger himself was involved n.

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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 03:11 PM

2. Documentary


I haven't seen it yet, but mean to.

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