• Short Summary

    LODEWIJK MANDATJAN -- AN AGED AND WRINKLED REBEL CHIEF OF ONE OF WEST IRIAN'S MOST WARLIKE TRIBES -- ARRIVED IN DJAKARTA ON TUESDAY TO MAKE PEACE WITH INDONESIA, AND MEET PRESIDENT SUHARTO.

  • Description

    LODEWIJK MANDATJAN -- AN AGED AND WRINKLED REBEL CHIEF OF ONE OF WEST IRIAN'S MOST WARLIKE TRIBES -- ARRIVED IN DJAKARTA ON TUESDAY TO MAKE PEACE WITH INDONESIA, AND MEET PRESIDENT SUHARTO. HE'S CHIEF OF THE ARFAK WARRIOR TRIBE WHICH FOUGHT THE INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES WITH BOWS AND ARROWS UNTIL THE RECENT SURRENDER OF ALL REBEL LEADERS IN WEST IRIAN, FORMERLY DUTCH WEST NEW GUINEA.

    MANDATJAN ARRIVED WEARING A BRAND NEW INDONESIAN ARMY MAJOR'S UNIFORM, GIVEN TO HIM THREE YEARS AGO BEFORE HE DECLARED WAR ON THE INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES IN WEST IRIAN. MANDATJAN LED HIS TRIBE-- WHICH COME FROM THE MANOKWARI AREA OF WEST IRIAN--AGAINST THE JAPANESE IN NEW GUINEA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. HE TOOK UP ARMS AGAIN IN 1965, THREE YEARS AFTER INDONESIA HAD TAKEN OVER THE TERRITORY FROM THE DUTCH.

    LATER THIS YEAR, INDONESIA IS DUE TO OFFER THE WEST IRIANESE PEOPLE SELF-DETERMINATION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE 1962 TAKEOVER AGREEMENT. THE SURRENDER OF THE REBEL LEADERS IS REGARDED IN DJANKARTA AS A TRIUMPH FOR THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT IN ITS DRIVE TO IMPROVE THE POLITICAL CLIMATE IN WEST IRIAN. MANDATJAN, WHO SEEMED RATHER ILL AT EASE IN HIS UNIFORM, WAS MET BY A BIG WELCOMING CROWD IN DJAKARTA -- THE FIRST CITY HE'S EVER SEEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7DBKNY0BXNBQ8XGU50Q9KUVEQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7DBKNY0BXNBQ8XGU50Q9KUVEQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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