• Short Summary

    AS THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNISTS CONTINUES IN INDONESIAN BORNEO, NEAR THE BORDER WITH MALAYSIAN SARAWAK, LOCAL BORN CHINESE RESIDENTS ARE FLEEING FROM THEIR HOMES TO THE WEST COAST TOWNS OF SINGKAWANG AND PONTIANAK.

  • Description

    AS THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNISTS CONTINUES IN INDONESIAN BORNEO, NEAR THE BORDER WITH MALAYSIAN SARAWAK, LOCAL BORN CHINESE RESIDENTS ARE FLEEING FROM THEIR HOMES TO THE WEST COAST TOWNS OF SINGKAWANG AND PONTIANAK. THEY ARE BEING EVACUATED BY BOAT AND TRUCK.

    THE CONFLICT BEGAN LAST MONTH (OCTOBER) FOLLOWING INCIDENTS IN WHICH COMMUNISTS KIDNAPPED AND KILLED SOME 25 DAYAK TRIBESMEN. SINCE THEN, THE DAYAKS HAVE STRUCK BACK WITH FIERCE DETERMINATION WHICH HAS BROUGHT RUIN TO THE LOCAL CHINESE POPULATION OVER WIDE AREAS. INDONESIAN TROOPS HAVE ALSO JOINED THE HUNT FOR THE COMMUNISTS.

    THE REFUGEES IN THE TWO COASTAL TOWNS HAVE BEGUN TO FILL SCHOOLS, CHURCH COMPOUNDS, FACTORIES AND STOREHOUSES. THE INDONESIAN ARMY, RED CROSS AND CIVIL AUTHORITIES ARE STRUGGLING TO GIVE THEM RICE AND NURSES ARE COLLECTING BOWLS OF PORRIDGE FOR THEM.

    THE DAYAKS, SCOURING THE JUNGLES WITH LONG KNIVES AND HOME-MADE MUZZLE LOADERS, HAVE BEEN RUTHLESS IN THEIR MEASURES. FARMERS AND TRADERS HAVE BEEN SPARED IF THEY OBEY ORDERS TO FLEE.

    THE COMMUNIST FORCE IS ESTIMATED AT 700 ARMED MEN AIDED BY SOME 2,000 SUPPORTERS WITHOUT PROPER WEAPONS. THEY HAVE KILLED SOME 50 INDONESIAN SOLDIERS, AMBUSHING SOME OF THEM AS THEY RODE ON SMALL CANOES UP THE RIVES WINDING INTO THE INTERIOR. THE ESTIMATED REFUGEE POPULATION IN PONTINIAK IS 16,000 AND MORE ARE POURING IN AT THE RATE OF ABOUT 2,000 A DAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA86OO1OT9OQUFC1VEHR5TTJW7S
    Media URN:
    VLVA86OO1OT9OQUFC1VEHR5TTJW7S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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