• Short Summary

    THE INDONESIAN ARMY PARATROOP FORCE, (RPKAD) HAS RETURNED TO A HEROES' WELCOME IN THE CAPITAL, DJAKARTA, AFTER THREE MONTHS DUTY IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL JAVA IN ACTION AGAINST ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS.

  • Description

    THE INDONESIAN ARMY PARATROOP FORCE, (RPKAD) HAS RETURNED TO A HEROES' WELCOME IN THE CAPITAL, DJAKARTA, AFTER THREE MONTHS DUTY IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL JAVA IN ACTION AGAINST ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS. THEIR CAMPAIGN FOLLOWED THE ABORTIVE "SEPTEMBER 30" COUP ATTEMPTED BY THE INDONESIAN COMMUNIST PARTY (PKI), WHICH LED TO A GENERAL SUPPRESSION OF PARTY ACTIVITY THROUGHOUT INDONESIA.

    THE PARATROOP FORCE HAS BEEN CREDITED WITH PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN QUELLING ANTI-GOVERNMENT UPRISINGS IN SEVERAL PARTS OF JAVA. THOUSANDS WERE KILLED IN FIERCE CLASHES FOLLOWING THE ATTEMPTED COUP-AMONG THE DEAD APPARENTLY WAS MR. D. AIDIT, HEAD OF THE PKI. HE WAS REPORTED KILLED IN CENTRAL JAVA, BUT SO FAR HIS DEATH HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED.

    MASS ARRESTS OF SUSPECTED COMMUNISTS HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE OCTOBER 1, AND HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO DJAKARTA FOR QUESTIONING. THE WELCOMING CROWD IN THE DJAKARTA STREETS LAST FRIDAY GIVE A SPONTANEOUS DISPLAY OF ENTHUSIASM FOR THE WORK OF THE PARATROOP FORCE. THEY CARRIED PLACARDS READING "LONG LINE RPKAD" AND "PKI - TO HELL".

    THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF DJAKARTA, DR. SUWONDO, TOOK THE SALUTE AND SAID THE CITY WAS "VERY PROUD" OF THE EFFICIENT WAY THE PARATROOPERS PERFORMED THEIR MISSION. THE RPKAD COMMANDER, COLONEL SARWOEDI, DESCRIBED THE PARATROOPERS AS "TROOPS OF THE REVOLUTION" - READY TO ACT AS A TASK-FORCE ANYWHERE, AT ANY TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAHPO0P47BCWYZRSZPG8CBC916
    Media URN:
    VLVAHPO0P47BCWYZRSZPG8CBC916
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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