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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 11. July 30, 1947


During the past week the Dutch Imperial Forces in Java have been carrying out "police action" against the rebellious Indonesians. The "criminals" are the legal government of the Indonesian Republic, which has been governing its people for the past two years far better than it has ever been governed in the past. The police action which Lieutenant Governor Van Mook claims he was forced to undertake, "with tears in his eyes," is being carried out with all the paraphernalia of civilised warfare, planes, tanks and landing craft, and with all the efficiency of the blitzkreig—bombing of open towns, strafing of civilian trains, and the use of quislings. The most important news is being suppressed by the daily papers, but it is available to anyone who possesses a shortwave radio. Radio Jogjakarta, "The Voice of Free Indonesia," can be heard every night from 10 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Broadcasts are given in English, at dictation speed. Some of the material for this article was taken from these broadcasts. The station's frequency is 11,000 kilocycles, and reception is usually good.

Dr. Sjahrir, Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is at present in India seeking the aid of the Indian Congress, sent a following message to his people, "The scorched earth policy will be applied absolutely. We will contest every inch of territory."

By the time this paper appears, the students of this college will have staged a demonstration at the Dutch Consulate in Wellington, to protest against this colonial war, which violates every international code from the United Nations Charter downwards.