• Short Summary

    Indonesian political parties are already busy campaigning for the general election, although the poll is still eight weeks away.

  • Description

    Indonesian political parties are already busy campaigning for the general election, although the poll is still eight weeks away. Setting the pace is the powerful government-backed Sekber Golkar coalition, which is offering 538 candidates out of a total of 3,022.

    Groups known as 'Golkar safari teams' have fanned out across the sprawling country in support of President Suharto. On film we see one of the teams in action in East Java, birthplace of Indonesian nationalism.

    Sekber Golkar leaders use aggressive tactics in their campaigning, and other political parties have accused them of intimidating voters into supporting the Government.

    The election, on July 3, will be Indonesia's first for 16 years.

    SYNOPSIS: Indonesian political parties are already busy campaigning for the general election, although the poll is still eight weeks away. Setting the early pace is the powerful Government-backed Sekber Golkar coalition, whose campaigning teams are aggressively covering the country with colourful demonstrations, like this one in Kediri, East Java.

    The Government coalition campaigners did not hesitate to import potential voters when necessary, bringing them into town by truck to hear political speeches.

    Golkar party workers deny the charges of other parties that the intimidate voters, but they make no secret of plastering houses and public buildings with posters showing the party's banyan tree symbol.

    Another favourite tactic is to round up the beshaks, or tri-shaw drivers, and enlist their help in spreading the message. They are presented with tee-shirts with the Golkar emblem on the back.

    Golkar campaigners promise clothing, food and peace for all if they win these elections, the first in Indonesia for 16 years. They warn that if they lose, it might mean the revival of the banned Communist party, which was crushed six years ago during President Sukarno's downfall.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADLOHN53MGNXFP34P9H7OFNNXN
    Media URN:
    VLVADLOHN53MGNXFP34P9H7OFNNXN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment