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    CENTRAL JAVA WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE STRONGHOLD OF FORMER INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUKARNO. BUT YESTERDAY?

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    JOGJAKARTA STREET SCENES; PEOPLE READ OF SUHARTO'S INSTALLATION ON STREET NOTICE BOARDS; STUDENTS ON WAY TO INITIATION CEREMONY; HEADQUARTERS OF MARINES; ARMED MARINES; STREET SCENE.




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    Background: CENTRAL JAVA WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE STRONGHOLD OF FORMER INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUKARNO. BUT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), JOGJAKARTA MILITARY AUTHORITIES WERE CONFIDENT THAT THERE WOULD BE NO TROUBLE OVER THE PRESIDENT'S REMOVAL FROM OFFICE. AN EXPECTED CURFEW WAS N TO IMPOSED IN THE AREA.

    THE RECENT MOVE WHICH STRIPPED SUKARNO OF HIS PRESIDENTIAL POWERS CAME AS A SURPRISE TO THE LEADERS OF PRO-SUKARNO NATIONALIST PARTY YOUTHS IN JOGJAKARTA. THEY HAD EXPECTED A LIGHTER TREATMENT IN VIEW OF GENERAL SUHARTO'S STATEMENT AT THE OPENING OF THE PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE CONGRESS INQUIRY LAST WEEK THAT SUKARNO HAD NOT BEEN CONCERNED IN THE 1965 ABORTIVE COMMUNIST COUP.

    AMID THE CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP IN INDONESIA, FIRST YEAR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, MOSTLY MEMBERS OF THE NATIONALIST PARTY, HELD INITIATION CEREMONIES. HEAVILY ARMED TROOPS, WHO HAD BEEN ALERTED, KEPT A WATCHFUL EYE ON THE STUDENTS TO QUELL POSSIBLE TROUBLE --- BUT THERE WAS NONE.

    TO OFFSET UNCERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE DIPONEGORO AND MARINE DIVISIONS, GENERAL SUHARTO HAD THREE BATTALIONS OF STRATEGIC RESERVE TROOPS BASED THERE. THE STRATEGIC RESERVE WAS THE MAIN FORCE WHICH PUT DOWN THE 1965 COMMUNIST COUP UNDER GENERAL SUHARTO'S COMMAND.

    SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DIPONEGORO DIVISION SAID ON MONDAY THAT THE PEOPLE HAD NOW ACCEPTED THE DECISIONS OF THE CONGRESS, THE SUPREME POLICY MAKING BODY, WHICH REMOVED PRESIDENT SUKARNO AND REPLACED HIM WITH GENERAL SUHARTO.

    SECURITY PRECAUTIONS CONTINUED IN CENTRAL JAVA, AND MEETINGS OF MORE THAN FIVE PEOPLE WERE BANNED WITHOUT MILITARY APPROVAL.

    BEFORE SUKARNO'S DOWNFALL, VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPTED IN CENTRAL AND EAST JAVA. THE FIGHTING WAS BETWEEN PRO AND ANTI-SUKARNO GROUPS. THE NATIONALIST PARTY YOUTHS AND MARINES WERE RECOGNISED AS A SUPPORTERS OF SUKARNO GROUPS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTU1O4FOXDRWSB2F8E17BNZL5
    Media URN:
    VLVACTU1O4FOXDRWSB2F8E17BNZL5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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