Year of living dangerously
Chris Gunness examines the "year of living dangerously" in Indonesia.
In 1965, plotters attempted a coup against President Sukarno, abducting and assassinating six military generals. The Communist Party, the PKI, was accused of staging the coup. The response was brutal.
"It was a slaughter the CIA describes as one of the worst mass murders of the twentieth century. Unlike other crimes against humanity in the twentieth century, this is a story never fully told, the perpetrators never fully exposed"
As General Suharto consolidated the grip of power, a nationwide campaign against the Communists turned into a massacre.
Since that time, information about the killings has been suppressed, vanishing from the official history.
Suharto's regime encouraged crony capitalism and introduced a culture of political violence that bedevils Indonesia to this day.
With the fall of Suharto, the period is now being re-examined, for its profound effects on the nation.
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