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Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections

18 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections

PADANG: Bookseller Yanto Tjahaja was tending to his shop when soldiers burst through the door and confiscated a dozen titles over claims they violated one of Indonesia’s most sensitive taboos: communism, reports AFP.

Upwards of half a million leftists were massacred across the Southeast Asian nation in the mid-1960s, a bloody spectacle that ushered in the long rule of dictator Suharto, whose fervent anti-communist stance remains decades on. The killings led to the collapse of the now-banned Indonesian

Communist Party (PKI), once among the biggest in the world behind China and the Soviet Union.

Jakarta’s narrative was that any violence was necessary to rid the Muslim-majority country of a godless ideology.


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