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Indonesia seeks truth behind events of 1965 JAKARTA - What really happened during the 1965 'aborted coup' that prompted a regime change in Indonesia - from founding president Sukarno to Suharto? That is what a team set up by the government hopes to find out. Comprising independent and noted historians, it has been given a year to come up with the truth, Minister of National Education Abdul Malik Fadjar said on Wednesday.
The coup was initially blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party. But following Suharto's downfall in 1998, questions are being asked about what actually happened, with some accusing the former president of masterminding the bloodshed to seize power. 'We really hope that by next year, we will have the real story of the event, not just for school students, but for the general public to know,' Mr Abdul said.
During 32 years of Suharto's reign, which ended in disgrace in 1998, the country marked the Pancasila Sanctity Day on Oct 1 every year and remembered Suharto as the national hero who saved the country from the communists' attempted coup. During the uprising, six army generals, including army chief Achmad Yani, were killed. They were later named Revolution Heroes.
A monument dedicated to them now stands near Lubang Buaya (Crocodile Hole) in East Jakarta, where their bodies were found. The tragedy paved the way for the ouster of founding president Sukarno, the father of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, as he failed to blame the communists. General Suharto was then the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) chief who led the counter-attack on the coup perpetrators.



Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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