• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INDONESIANS ON TUESDAY (15 MARCH) MET IN DJAKARTA AND DEMANDED A PURGE OF COMMUNISTS IN THE GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INDONESIANS ON TUESDAY (15 MARCH) MET IN DJAKARTA AND DEMANDED A PURGE OF COMMUNISTS IN THE GOVERNMENT. THEY CALL D FOR A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IN THE GOVERNMENT WITHIN 48 HOURS. YESTERDAY ( WEDNESDAY) PRESIDENT SUKARNO INTIMATED THAT, DESPITE HIS APPARENT HANDOVER OF POWER TO THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY COMMANDER LAST WEEK, RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES STILL RESTED WITH HIM.

    THE MASS RALLY WAS HELD FOUR DAYS AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT PRESIDENT SUKARNO HAD HANDED OVER POWER TO THE ARMY COMMANDER, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUHARTO.

    SPEAKERS INCLUDED MR. SUBCHAN, LEADER OF AN ANTI-COMMUNIST PARTY 18-YEAR-OLD HUSNI THAMRIN, A LEADER OF THE INDONESIAN STUDENTS' COMMAND (KAPPI); AND MR. SAMRONI, ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE POWERFUL ANTI-COMMUNIST UNIVERSITY COMMAND ACTION (KAMI), WHICH WAS BANNED BY PRESIDENT SUKARNO.

    THEY AND OTHER SPEAKERS CONDEMNED THE COMMUNIST ELEMENTS IN THE PRESENT 100-MEMBER CABINET AND DEMANDED THAT ALL COMMUNISTS SHOULD BE PURGED FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

    GENERAL SUHARTO IS REPORTED TO HAVE PROPOSED SETTING UP AN EMERGENCY CABINET WITH ONLY 25 MEMBERS, HALF OF WHOM WOULD BE CIVILIANS AND THE REMAINING HALF MILITARY OFFICERS. THEY WOULD JOINTLY SHARE THE BURDEN OF OVERCOMING PRESENT POLITICAL PROBLEMS AND THE GRAVE ECONOMIC SITUATION.

    HOWEVER, YESTERDAY, RADIO DJAKARTA BROADCAST A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT IN WHICH HE STATED THAT HE WAS ANSWERABLE ONLY TO GOD AND THE INDONESIAN PARLIAMENT. HE MADE THE STATEMENT, HE SAID, BECAUSE OF "MISUNDERSTANDING" ABOUT HIS POSITION. HE SAID THAT HE HAD FULL POWER TO APPOINT HIS ASSISTANTS, ALTHOUGH SOME PEOPLE WANTED TO TELL HIM WHOM HE SHOULD APPOINT. HE URGED INDONESIANS TO CARRY OUT HIS TEACHINGS.

    TUESDAY'S RALLY ADOPTED A CHARTER EMBRACING THE DEMANDS FOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES AND A CALL FOR A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S DECREE BANNING KAMI AND CLOSING THE UNIVERSITY OF INDONESIA. IT ALSO EXPRESSED THANKS TO PRESIDENT SUKARNO FOR HIS WISDOM IN ENTRUSTING POWERS TO GENERAL SUHARTO TO ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF THE INDONESIAN REVOLUTION.

    BANNERS AT THE RALLY CALLED FOR THE TRIAL OF FOREIGN MINISTER SUBANDRIO AND THE BREAKING OFF OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNIST-INSPIRED ATTEMPTED COUP LAST OCTOBER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA16DZWA3KSJYIIF60FIXX9PAZT
    Media URN:
    VLVA16DZWA3KSJYIIF60FIXX9PAZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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