• Short Summary

    A LITTLE OVER A YEAR OF INDONESIAN RULE IN WEST IRIAN HAS DONE MUCH TOWARDS WEAVING THE FORMER DUTCH COLONY INTO THE FABRIC OF INDONESIA AS A WHOLE.

  • Description

    A LITTLE OVER A YEAR OF INDONESIAN RULE IN WEST IRIAN HAS DONE MUCH TOWARDS WEAVING THE FORMER DUTCH COLONY INTO THE FABRIC OF INDONESIA AS A WHOLE. THE OVERLAY OF INDONESIAN LIFE AND TRADITION IS NOW BEEN EVERYWHERE.

    IN SUKARNAPURA, FORMERLY HOLLANDIA, THE WOMEN, WITH OFFICIAL ENCOURAGEMENT, ARE STARTING TO WEAR THE NATIONAL DRESS OF OTHER PARTS OF INDONESIA. SCHOOLCHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT TO SING NATIONAL SONGS LIKE 'INDONESIA MY COUNTRY'; AND ARE BEING DRAWN INCREASINGLY INTO INDONESIAN YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

    THE LOCAL RADIO STATION BROADCASTS INDONESIAN MUSIC AND POLITICAL MESSAGES. NO NEWSPAPERS, BOOKS OR MAGAZINES OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD ARE AVAILABLE IN SUKARNAPURA. SHORTWAVE RADIO LISTENING, MAINLY TO AUSTRALIA, GIVES ALMOST THE ONLY OUTSIDE CONTACT FOR THE IRIANESE.

    DURING THE PAST WEEK OF CELEBRATION FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE, SUKARNAPURA, HAS FLUTTERED WITH INDONESIAN FLAGS, IN TENS OF THOUSANDS, AND INDONESIAN LOVE OF CEREMONIAL HAS BEEN GIVEN FREE REIN.

    FOR INDONESIANS IN WEST IRIAN, THERE IS NO DOUBT AT ALL THAT THE FUTURE OF WEST IRIAN LIES IN INSEPARABLE UNITY WITH THE REST OF THE REPUBLIC. THERE IN UNDOUBTEDLY LOCAL SUPPORT FOR THIS VIEW BUT MANY IRIANESE PEOPLE ARE NOT YET SURE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEC42RNA4MSGL6QESZUM5LFBFA
    Media URN:
    VLVAEC42RNA4MSGL6QESZUM5LFBFA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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