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Andre Vltchek: 52 Years After Fascist Genocide, Indonesians Scared of “Communist Ghosts”

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A great article by Andre Vitchek about the US led genocide in Indonesia and afterwards the puppet ruling class airbrushed it all out of history. I often wonder why the Islamic fundamentalists are so right wing - well,  the godless Bolsheviks banning religion didn't help - but Andre Vitchek says here how the religious leaders in Indonesia were very rich and owned loads of land.Andre says this was the worst genocide this century with three million people killed, including teachers, trade unionists, and anyone who stood up against the ruling class and its rotten regime, many of them murdered with bare hands, strangulation, or clubbed to death while they cried for mercy.Now Indonesia's beautiful landscape is being destroyed by Western corporations digging up the land for minerals or growing

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A great article by Andre Vitchek about the US led genocide in Indonesia and afterwards the puppet ruling class airbrushed it all out of history. I often wonder why the Islamic fundamentalists are so right wing - well,  the godless Bolsheviks banning religion didn't help - but Andre Vitchek says here how the religious leaders in Indonesia were very rich and owned loads of land.

Andre says this was the worst genocide this century with three million people killed, including teachers, trade unionists, and anyone who stood up against the ruling class and its rotten regime, many of them murdered with bare hands, strangulation, or clubbed to death while they cried for mercy.

Now Indonesia's beautiful landscape is being destroyed by Western corporations digging up the land for minerals or growing cash crops. The Fat Cats are raking it in, and Indonesia has been opened up to free markets, capitalism, and democracy - Western style.

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On September 30th, 1965, the Indonesian military obeying orders from foreign powers (mainly the US and the UK), overthrew the progressive and anti-imperialist government of President Sukarno, murdering between 1 and 3 million men, women and children (including almost all members of the Communist Party of Indonesia – PKI). This was done with the direct help of almost all the major religious organizations (Muslim, Protestant, Catholic and Hindu). The bloodshed continued well into 1966, and the “Rivers were choked with corpses and ran red from blood,” as I was told by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the greatest Indonesian novelist. All the hopes for a socialist, just and egalitarian motherland were wasted.

Before the coup, Indonesia used to be a true internationalist nation, and was one of the proud founders of the Non-Aligned Movement (the West Javanese city of Bandung hosted its establishing conference in 1955). President Sukarno and his progressive and patriotic government used to hold in their hands almost all the natural resources, trying to build a proud, artistic and productive nation. Sukarno once even humiliated the US Ambassador, in front of a huge crowd, at a packed stadium: “To hell with your aid!” He did not need any Western aid. He was presiding over potentially one of the richest nations on Earth.

The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), the third largest in the world after those of the Soviet Union and China, was going to win the elections, comfortably and democratically, in 1966, while being fully supported by President Sukarno. Their manifesto was clear: anti-imperialism, social justice and land reforms. But who were some of the largest landowners in Indonesia during that period? Religious leaders! And they, together with the military and corrupt elites, decided: “No!” This has to be stopped! No justice. No internationalism. No socialism.” They betrayed the nation and its people; they committed treason and on September 30, 1965, overthrew socialist democracy.

The results were horrifying. Perhaps the worst massacres of the 20th Century took place. Mass slaughter, mass rape, and cutting off of female breasts, torture, and shortly after the initial horrors, overflowing prisons and concentration camps. Around 40% of all the teachers of Java were slaughtered and the military was substituted into the school classrooms. Film studios and traditional theatres were shut down, and writers were sent to Buru concentration camp. Intellectualism was fully discouraged, while Communism, the Chinese language and culture, but also all progressive arts and creativity were either ridiculed, or out rightly banned. Promoted instead, were Western-style turbo-capitalism (that which was invented for the colonies, not that for the local consumption in Europe and North America), ‘religions’ (based on repetitive rituals, not on intellectual or spiritual search for God), ‘family values’ (read: patriarchal oppression), an empty pop culture, and selfishness, boosted by consumerism. All this combined gave birth to some of the worst corruption levels in the world.

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