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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Digging in the knife

While Australia announces even closer security ties with Indonesia, it's worth remembering that the Muslim nation's democratic impulses aren't fully formed:

"Indonesia has banned three films about its occupation of East Timor, saying they could 'reopen old wounds'. The films were due to be shown at a film festival last month in Jakarta.

Indonesian troops killed tens of thousands of people in East Timor during their 24-year occupation of the tiny territory. The films focus on alleged atrocities during the occupation and UN-led reconciliation since the referendum in 1999.

"'We feared the films might reopen old wounds when a bridge of friendship is being built between East Timor and Indonesia,' said Titie Said, head of Indonesia's film censor board."

2 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

"old wounds"? Try raising awareness.

It mist also draw attention to arseholes like Kissinger who gave a womnk and a nod on behalf of the Us to go ahead and sommence the slaughter?

Friday, January 13, 2006 2:07:00 am  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Those who won't acknowledge their darker past deserve to be treated with suspicion. I put Japan in the same category.

Friday, January 13, 2006 7:20:00 pm  

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