“It was a horrific situation in 1965. To the extent that it was better for people to call me a demon, a dog or whatever—as long as they didn’t call me communist. If there was someone from the army or an executioner [who overheard], I’d have been disappeared.”
With reddened eyes, 80-year-old Kaharudin, a former member of the Railway Workers Union or Serikat Buruh Kereta Api (SBKA) speaks to New Naratif from his home in Tebing Tinggi, a city 90km away from Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra.
He explains what he remembers of the situation after the abduction of six generals on the night of 30 September 1965. The incident, better known as G30S/PKI or the 30th of September Movement, was caused by rumours circulating that top army officials wanted to mount a coup against then-President Sukarno. Responding to the rumour, members of a military clique abducted and killed the generals and threw their bodies into an old well.
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