The 32 Amboinese youths who seized the Indonesian Ambassador's residence in The Hague on Monday (August 31) are part of a group of about 30,000 from the island of Ambon.
The 32 Amboinese youths who seized the Indonesian Ambassador's residence in The Hague on Monday (August 31) are part of a group of about 30,000 from the island of Ambon. They chose to leave their remote eastern Indonesian island when Holland gave Indonesia its independence in 1949: now they live in such camps as "Ysseloord".
Eight of the youths who took part in Monday's occupation came from this camp. The "President" of their self-proclaimed Republic of South Molucca, Dr J.A. Manusama also lives at this camp which is at Capelle an de Isel, near Rottersam.
The Amboinese have been fighting for their independence since 1950 when it seceded from the Federation of Indonesia after President Sukarno dropped the federal constitution in favour of a centralised Javanese-dominated state.
The rebels in Ambon were attacked by Indonesian forces in September 1950. After much fighting and heavy bombardment by warships, the island was occupied.
Miss Freda Tomason, sister of one of the youths in Monday's seizure, said they regretted the death of the Dutch policeman killed in the attack.