President Sukarno of Indonesia ordered a powerful anti-Communist student organization dissolved Friday (25 February). He?
President Sukarno of Indonesia ordered a powerful anti-Communist student organization dissolved Friday (25 February). He also banned all demonstrations and imposed a curfew in Jakarta -- Indonesia's capital. Sukarno's action comes after a rash of anti-government demonstrations throughout the country for the past week.
On Tuesday (22 February), Sukarno announced several new cabinet appointments at a news conference. Despite anti-Sukarno demonstrations elsewhere in the capital, the President's backers were able to muster tens of thousands of men, women and children for a rally in support of the government.
Soldiers kept a close watch on the rally, to make sure there was no anti-Sukarno agitation. Because of the continuing unrest, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed on Jakarta, and there are barbed wire roadblocks around the presidential palace.
As the participants in the rally marched through the streets near the palace, soldiers with bayonets stood guard on the sidewalk.
Throughout the past week, observers predicted some action by General Nasution, deposed Defense Minister, but he has made no public announcements, and reports are that he left Jakarta.
Tanks and armored cars have been rolling through Jakarta all week and military trucks have been bringing in more soldiers.
On Wednesday (23 February), a mob of Sukarno supporters gathered outside the United States embassy and shouted anti - American slogans. Their banners denounced Marshal Green, the United States ambassador in Jakarta. This leftist demonstration had apparently been organized as a propaganda move to counter the anti-Sukarno demonstrations in other parts of the city. Most of the demonstrators were students. Soldiers stood by while they milled around the embassy grounds. The soldiers finally chased them away. Some of their banners were left behind.
On Thursday (24 February) one of the noisiest anti-Sukarno demonstrations took place outside the presidential palace.
Students held up a bloody shirt...supposedly worn by another student shot by guards during an earlier demonstration. These young people were organized by the Students Action Committee, known by the initials K.A.M.I, which Sukarno later ordered dissolved. Reuters reports that at least two students have been killed in clashes with the army last week.