Reconstructing the history of the anti-communist violence in East Java, Indonesia


On 30th September 1965, a group of army officers and soldiers called the Thirtieth September Movement abducted and killed seven army officers, and disposed of their bodies in a disused well, at Lubang Buaya, on the outskirts of Jakarta. While predominantly a movement of progressive soldiers and officers, the Thirtieth September Movement, as John Roosa […]


Ubud bans put the spotlight back on Indonesia’s killing fields

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Fifty years on, many Indonesians involved in the massacres of communists following an attempted coup have no regrets about their role in the killings. NICHOLAS HERRIMAN and MONIKA WINARNITA explain. Last month the Indonesian government banned several sessions at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival that had been set to discuss and launch important new […]