Hooliganism Continues in Indonesia
[This short article is reprinted from Peking
Review, Vol. 9, #9, Feb. 25, 1966, p. 12.]
Over the last four months, the Indonesian Right-wing forces have gone to great lengths to poison Sino-Indonesian relations. They have again and again organized hooligans to create incidents and commit outrages against Chinese nationals and Chinese diplomatic missions.
Only seven days after the February 3 attack on the Chinese Embassy in Djarkarta, acts of violence took place against the Chinese Consulate and Chinese nationals in Bandjarmasin. Thus, in disregard of the Chinese Government’s repeated protests and demands, the Indonesian Government again has not kept its promise to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.
On February 10, hundreds of hooligans made a wild attack on the Chinese Consulate in Bandjarmasin. They stoned the Consulate building, breaking many windows. While the rowdies shouted anti-Chinese slogans outside, some climbed over the walls and carried out provocations. In the afternoon, they damaged shops and houses of Chinese nationals.
Two days later, the hooligans were out again, doing serious damage to Chinese shops and houses and the local Chung Hua Chung Hui. That same day, while Su Sheng, the Chinese Consul in Bandjarmasin, was conferring with the Governor of South Kalimantan, hoodlums inscribed anti-Chinese slogans on his car. All this occurred after the Chinese Consul had called on the Governor of South Kalimantan on February 9, demanding that the Indonesian authorities take effective measures to guarantee the safety of the Consulate and protect the life and property of Chinese nationals. The Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, in its February 15 note to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, lodged the strongest protest with the Indonesian Government. It demanded that the Indonesian Government make a public apology for the incidents, punish the culprits and their instigators, compensate the Consulate and the Chinese nationals for their losses, and take measures to guarantee against the occurrence of similar incidents in the future.
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