• Short Summary

    THERE WAS AN ATMOSPHERE OF TENSION IN DJAKARTA - THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA - ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    THERE WAS AN ATMOSPHERE OF TENSION IN DJAKARTA - THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA - ON FRIDAY. HEAVILY ARMOURED VEHICLES AND TROOPS MOVED THROUGH THE CITY AFTER THE NEWS THAT FIFTEEN OF DR SUKARNO'S MINISTERS HAD BEEN PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. THE MINISTERS INCLUDED DR SUBANDRIO - THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER - AGAINST WHOM MANY OF THE STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN DIRECTED.

    PARA-COMMANDS (RPKAD) WERE PLACED ON DUTY AT VARIOUS POINTS AROUND THE CITY. BARBED-WIRE BARRICADES WERE SET UP ON ROADS AND ALL VEHICLES PASSING THROUGH WERE CHECKED. EVEN BUS PASSENGERS WERE ORDERED BY THE SOLDIERS TO PRODUCE THEIR IDENTIFICATION PAPERS.

    IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY ARMOURED VEHICLES WERE PLACED NEAR IMPORTANT BUILDINGS. ONE OF THESE WAS THE ARMY MINISTRY, AS SHOWN ON THIS FILM.

    THE PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN BECAUSE AUTHORITIES FEARED THAT SUPPORTERS OF DR SUBANDRIO AND HIS COLLEAGUES MIGHT DEMONSTRATE AGAINST HIS ARREST. BUT THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS.

    THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE MINISTERS HAD BEEN DETAINED WAS MADE BY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SUHARTO, THE ARMY CHIEF, WHO WAS GIVEN FULL POWERS A WEEK AGO TO CURE THE COUNTRY'S UNREST. IN HIS SPEECH OVER DJAKARTA RADIO HE EMPHASISED HE WAS ACTING ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT SUKARNO. GENERAL SUHARTO HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW LIST OF MINISTERS WHICH INCLUDES DR ADAM MALIK AS ACTING FOREIGN MINISTER.

    INDONESIA HAS BEEN IN A STATE OF POLITICAL UNREST SINCE AN ATTEMPTED COUP LAST OCTOBER WAS CRUSHED BY THE ARMY. OFFICERS ACCUSED THE COMMUNISTS OF BEING RESPONSIBLE. THE ARMY CARRIED ON ITS DRIVE AGAINST COMMUNIST ELEMENTS AND STUDENT RIOTING BROKE OUT AFTER DR SUKARNO RESISTED DEMANDS TO DISMISS DR SUBANDRIO, WHOM THE STUDENTS ACCUSE OF HAVING COMMUNIST SYMPATHIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA40OOPGZMTZRK606VUSY1992NE
    Media URN:
    VLVA40OOPGZMTZRK606VUSY1992NE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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