As We Reflect on Indonesian Independence Day, Can We Honesty Say We Are Free?

Celebrating this 66th independence day, there’s one question every Indonesian needs to ask themselves: Do they have the independence they deserve?

Is everyone finally enjoying the independence in this country? Sadly, I don’t think so.

Although this nation gained its independence a long time ago, through long, bloody wars against the Dutch occupation, it wasn’t until 1998 that we really could say whatever we wanted to say. Although many think Suharto was able to improve our economy greatly, the fact that his 32-year dictatorship oppressed us politically and culturally was not debatable. It was simply another kind of occupation.

But is it right to claim that conditions are so much better now?

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Categories: Indonesia

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  1. The founding fathers and national heroes would cry on seeing this situation. They would be shocked to see how their noble values have been stamped and how the leaders of the day and Indonesian values have been hijacked by a minority of misrepresentatives of Islam.

    Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid Gus Dur the former president received the late Head of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, very respectfully. His daughter Yenny Wahid showed great courage by raising her voice in March 2011 that banning Ahmadiyah is not the right option for their country.

    We salute such leaders and remind Indonesia what their forefathers had wished for them to celebrate on Independence Day.

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