• Short Summary

    INDONESIA ENTERED ITS TWENTY-THIRD YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE ON THURSDAY WITH THE CEREMONIES BEING LED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY ACTING PRESIDENT SUHARTO.

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    INDONESIA ENTERED ITS TWENTY-THIRD YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE ON THURSDAY WITH THE CEREMONIES BEING LED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY ACTING PRESIDENT SUHARTO.

    DR. SUKARNO, THE MAN WHO HAD DOMINATED THE COUNTRY FOR TWO DECADES, WAS NOT PRESENT, AND WAS GIVEN ONLY A PASSING MENTION.

    THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CEREMONIES CAME WHEN ACTING PRESIDENT SUHARTO UNLOCKED THE BOX CONTAINING THE NATION'S "HOLY FLAG" -- THE FIRST TO BE UNFURLED ON INDONESIA'S INDEPENDENCE DAY IN 1945 -- AND HAD IT HOISTED IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE BEFORE A LARGE CROWD.

    THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE FLAG HAD BEEN UNKNOWN UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. DR. SUKARNO, THE DEPOSED PRESIDENT, HAD CLAIMED IT AS HIS PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REFUSED TO DISCLOSE WHERE IT WAS HIDDEN. BUT A SEARCHED WAS INVESTIGATED, AND THE FADED RED AND WHITE RELIC RECOVERED.

    TO MARK THE 22 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, GENERAL SUHARTO ORDERED THE RELEASE OF ABOUT 3,000 PEOPLE FROM PRISON, AND REDUCED THE SENTENCES OF 16,000 OTHERS. NINE MEN HAD THEIR DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

    DR. SUKARNO DID NOT ATTEND THE CEREMONIES HE HAS BEEN EXILED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL SUMMER PALACE AT BOGOR AND IS SAID TO BE SUFFERING FROM A RECURRING KIDNEY COMPLAINT. A HEALTH MINISTRY SPECIALIST HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO HIM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABHMM5T0F71ROWUFKROKMKN5AU
    Media URN:
    VLVABHMM5T0F71ROWUFKROKMKN5AU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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