One of the largest mass meetings ever held in Djakarta today condensed the rebels in Central Sumatra and in North Celebes, and reaffirmed its allegiance to President Sukarno and his Government.
One of the largest mass meetings ever held in Djakarta today condensed the rebels in Central Sumatra and in North Celebes, and reaffirmed its allegiance to President Sukarno and his Government. The Communist Part was active in organising meetings and processions, but many organisations, including the workers', women's and veterans' participated.
Thousands gathered in one of Djakarta's squares, (Lapngan Santeng), were addressed by various army officers, and then marched through the City to the Palace, where the President and some of his Ministers were stood.
Banners and slogans carried along included, 'Town with the rebels', and also, some were directed at the Australian Vast new Guinea, over which, proir to the rebel rising, there was some trouble. (Indonesia wished for it to be incorporated into her.) Members of the armed forces also took part in the processions.
There is known to be considerable support for the rebels and their aims within Djakarta, but this was a day when sympathisers stayed at home. The marchers, predominately young people, were vehement in their denunciation of the rebels. It would appear that President Sukarno's prestige and position are now stronger than ever in Djakarta.
Until it become evident that the Sukarno Government forces are succeeding, at least initially, against the rebels in Sumatra, practically no newsman carried by the Press. This has forced many people to listen to the radio, principally Radio Australia. The majority of the editorials in the newspapers are about the shocking state of Indonesia's roads, buses, air services, anything but the uprising. This is because the editors are afraid that the government will close down their papers, as happened with the largest Indonesian paper. Keng Po, when it incurred the army's wrath.