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Book review: The 1965-66 Indonesian slaughter and its influence on anti-communist governments

January 1965: A soldier keeps close guard of a captured indonesian. Photograph: Russell Knight/BIPs/Getty Images

January 1965: A soldier keeps close guard of a captured indonesian. Photograph: Russell Knight/BIPs/Getty Images

I remember seeing a few years ago a picture of some Indonesian fans at a match during a tour of southeast Asia by Liverpool. They were holding a banner that read “Justice for the 96”. It was an admirable display of solidarity for the dead of Hillsborough from the other side of the world.

Nonetheless, something jarred about the memorialising, given Indonesia has a significant hole in its collective memory for a massive historical injustice of its own. This was the slaughter of up to one million communists and suspected sympathisers in 1965 and 1966.

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