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Open Access A Killing Town (1965–1967)

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A Killing Town (1965–1967)

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This chapter talks about the dark heart of Kupang's history and explores the class-biased embeddedness of the state in provincial society by examining how the pogroms were organized in and around Kupang. It discusses the role played in Kupang by the nation's supreme top-down institution, the military. The military have never acknowledged organizing the killings. Even those internal reports that have come to light write instead of 'excesses' carried out by 'the people'. It is possible to distinguish a phase of 'wild' killings that lasted for a few weeks, from the 'systematic' and much more bloody phase that started late in October 1965, may have peaked in February 1966, and ran to at least February 1967. The wild phase started as soon as radio news bulletins made it clear that the communist putsch in Jakarta had failed.

Keywords: Jakarta; Kupang; military; provincial society; wild killings



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