Indonesian political parties are already busy campaigning for the general election, although the poll is still eight weeks away.
GV Demonstration PAN to jeep.
SCU Demonstrator wearing mask.
SV and CU Voters on truck.
GV People jumping down from trucks.
SV and CU Golkar campaigners sticking posters to building (4 shots)
GV Beshaks lined up.
SV and CU Golkar tee-shirts being presented to Beshak riders (2 shots)
GV Beshak riders shout support.
Initials VS/20.56 VS/21.10
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Background: 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.