Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Fall of Suharto

People Power is usually about changing regimes to suit the American Military Industrial Complex.

Mark Almond states: "People Power is, it turns out, more about closing things than creating an open society. It shuts factories but, worse still, minds. Its advocates demand a free market in everything - except opinion." (Mark Almond, lecturer in modern history at Oriel College, Oxford, in the Guardian, December 7, 2004:,3604,1367965,00.html)

The following are videos about the fall of Suharto:

(The May 1998 Jakarta riots led to the retirement of President Suharto. Reportedly, the riots were organised by elements of the military and the CIA.)

2 Crash Course - Pemuda - Background to 98 Revolt
3 Crash Course "the Father of Development"

Who was really behind the fall of President Suharto of Indonesia in May 1998?

The American Defence Secretary, William Cohen, was in Jakarta in January 1998 and he visited both General Prabowo and General Wiranto. The CIA chief had also been a recent visitor to Jakarta. The CIA and the Pentagon were close to both Prabowo and Wiranto. (

Father Sandyawan Sumardi, a 40-year-old Jesuit priest and son of a police chief, led an independent investigation into the events of May 1998. As a member of the Team of Volunteers for Humanitarian Causes he interviewed people who had witnessed the alleged involvement of the military in organising the riots and rapes.

A security officer alleged that Kopassus (special forces) officers had ordered the burning down of a bank;

a taxi driver reported hearing a man in a military helicopter encouraging people on the ground to carry out looting;

shop-owners at a Plaza claimed that, before the riots, military officers tried to extract protection money;

a teenager claimed he and thousands of others had been trained as protesters;

a street child alleged that Kopassus officers ordered him and and his friends to become rioters; there was a report of soldiers being dressed up as students and then taking part in rioting;

eyewitnesses spoke of muscular men with short haircuts arriving in military-style trucks and directing attacks on Chinese homes and businesses.

There were reports of children being encouraged to enter malls and then of the malls being set on fire;

there were allegations that muscular men with short haircuts had gang-raped little Chinese girls and then murdered some of them.

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