Indonesia held state ceremonies on Monday (1 October) to commemorate the death of six army generals in an abortive coup eight years ago.
Indonesia held state ceremonies on Monday (1 October) to commemorate the death of six army generals in an abortive coup eight years ago. President Suharto, who was commander of the army's strategic forces at the time of the coup attempt, and government officials led the central ceremony at Lubang Buaya, 10 miles (16 kms) south of the capital Djakarta. It was here that on September 30, 1965, the bodies of the six generals were dumped. They had been tortured to death by Communist insurgents.
Some 70,000 Communists were killed and many thousands more detained in the aftermath of the attempt. To mark the so-called "Pancasila Day", Indonesian newspapers urged continued vigilance to forestall further Communist activities.
SYNOPSIS: Indonesia held State ceremonies on Monday to commemorate victims of an attempted coup of eight years ago. President Suharto and top Government official attended a memorial to six generals killed by the rebels, at Lubang Buays, ten miles south of the capital Djakarta.
The anniversary, known as Pancasila Day, was commemorated in Government offices and schools throughout Indonesia.
The coup attempt was launched by Communist insurgents on September 30th 1965. After it failed, some seventy thousand Communists were killed and many others arrested.
Lubang Buaya is the spot where six generals were tortured to death by the rebels. Their bodies were found at the bottom of a discussed well. To mark Pancasila Day, Indonesian newspapers called for vigilance against Communist activities.