ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Still Busy

list politicians of conservative hue in the running of the country.
The army is still extremely wary of even the slightest indication of communist or supposedly communist resurrection in any part of the vast chain of Indonesian islands. Not satisfied with one of the most brutal pogroms in recent history, in which anything between 2,00,000 and 5,00,000 persons, including many political innocents, were wiped out in a vendetta against communists carried out by the fanatical followers of the Muslim Masjumi Party with the active encouragement and, at times, participation of the army, Suharto's regime continues to use the communist bogey as a convenient means for repressing most forms of political activity in Indonesia. Even mildly progressive nationalist groups like KAMI, a student movement, which was vociferously anti- Sukarno, now finds itself prevented from expressing open dissent against the corruption and nepotism which it feels has become apparent among ruling circles.

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