It began as a purge of Communists and turned into an ethnic cleansing of Overseas Chinese. The Communists were mostly Chinese. Sukarno had used the Communists to hold power and would have ultimately lost Indonesia to them if he had continued to rule. Indonesia in 1968 was very much part of the Viet Nam War.
posted on 01/27/2008 3:49:35 PM PST
(Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
Indonesia’s rivers ran red with Chinese blood in ‘68. The islamic bumi purta (native Indonesians) ran government and the military. It was all about economics not politics. The ethnic Chinese had the money and Bumi Putra had the power. When the killing was done, the surviving Chinese revised their payroll.
Ethic Chinese disguise their roots with weird names like Soeryadjaya to blend in with their dangerous hosts.
posted on 01/27/2008 6:14:52 PM PST
(Grandpa Petti Bones wants to know.)
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