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Keep the Indonesian pot boiling: Western covert intervention in Indonesia, October 1965-March 1966

By David Easter


This study examines the role played by the West in the destruction of the Indonesian communist party, the PKI, and the removal of the radical Indonesian president, Sukarno, in 1965-66. After the murder of six generals in October 1965 the Indonesian army massacred thousands of communists and seized power from Sukarno. The United States secretly helped the army in this period by providing intelligence, arms, medicines and radios and by giving assurances that Britain would not attack Indonesia while the army was suppressing the PKI. The US, Britain, Australia and Malaysia also used propaganda to encourage hostility in Indonesia towards the PKI. The article assesses the impact of Western covert intervention and concludes that Western propaganda may have encouraged the mass killings of the communists

Topics: DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics, D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1080/1468274042000283144
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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