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    A TASK FORCE OF INDONESIA'S TOUGHEST AND MOST RELIABLE TROOPS HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN DJAKARTA IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISCOURAGE ANY FUTURE UPRISING IN THE COUNTRY.

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    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL PANGABEAN REVIEWING TROOPS.




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    Background: A TASK FORCE OF INDONESIA'S TOUGHEST AND MOST RELIABLE TROOPS HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN DJAKARTA IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISCOURAGE ANY FUTURE UPRISING IN THE COUNTRY. THE NEW FORCE WAS FORMALLY INAUGURATED ON FRIDAY 17 MARCH) AT THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS IN DJAKARTA.

    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL PANGABEAN, ACTING PRESIDENT SUHARTO'S DEPUTY, REVIEWED THE TROOPS AND AWARDED A NUMBER OF MILITARY HONOURS. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM GENERAL SUHARTO HE REMINDED THE TROOPS THAT THEIR MAIN TASK WAS TO PREVENT ANY REPETITION OF A SURPRISE ATTACK SIMILAR TO THAT ATTEMPTED BY THE COMMUNISTS IN OCTOBER 1965. (IT WAS ANNOUNCE YESTERDAY THAT FORMER INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, DR. SUBANDRIO, SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 1966 FOR HIS COMPLICITY IN THE ABORTIVE COMMUNIST COUP, HAD APPEALED FOR CLEMENCY. SHOULD HIS REQUEST BE REFUSED THE DECISION LIES WITH DR. SUHARTO - HE WILL BE EXECUTED IMMEDIATELY.)
    THE PREVIOUS DAY, 66 YEAR-OLD FORMER PRESIDENT SUKARNO, FACING AN OFFICIAL ENQUIRY INTO HIS POSSIBLE COMPLICITY IN THE ATTEMPTED COMMUNIST COUP, RETURNED TO DJAKARTA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HE WAS OFFICIALLY DEPOSED AS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT. ON MARCH 12 HE WAS STRIPPED OF ALL AUTHORITY BY A UNANIMOUS DECISION OF THE PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE CONGRESS, AND OFFICIALLY TOLD THAT HIS ROLE AS INDONESIA'S LEADER HAD ENDED. IT IS ALMOST A YEAR EXACTLY SINCE DR. SUKARNO ENDED HIS 22 YEAR RULE IN SIGHING OVER VIRTUALLY ALL HIS POWERS TO GENERAL SUHARTO.

    DR. SUKARNO WAS VISITED BY HIS PHYSICIAN ON MARCH 17, AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A SICK MAN. HE IS EXPECTED TO RETURN SOON TO HIS SUMMER PALACE IN THE HILL-TOWN OF BOGOR, SOME 40 MILES FROM DJAKARTA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DTZ3LKGDKQZNI62PXL4NKYAK
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DTZ3LKGDKQZNI62PXL4NKYAK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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