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

"Indonesia Merdeka" Students Demonstrate Today

"Indonesia Merdeka" Students Demonstrate Today

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.

Australian Protest

You will have read in Saturday's papers of the demonstration by the students of Sydney University for the same purpose, and of its result, when the meeting was forcibly broken by the local representatives of law and order. We hope that our own police force will be more reasonable. Australia can be proud of the part some of her citizens played in the Indonesian War of Independence two years ago, when the Dutch forces were supported by the British Army. At that time Australian watersiders successfully boycotted all ships loading war materials for the Dutch, thus considerably assisting the Indonesian people. New Zealand watersiders imposed the same boycott, and many ships were tied up, but this issue was never so sharp here as in Australia.

U.N. Must Act

It is now obvious that in the intervening two years the Dutch have been playing for time in their farcical negotiations with the Indonesian Government. They have borrowed two million dollars from America to bolster up their decaying imperialism, and, gaining confidence from the failure of the United Nations Organisation to intervene to stop the terrorist tactics-of Britain in Greece and Palestine, of America, in Greece and China, and of France in Vietnam, they have attacked again.

Their plea is that the Indonesians refuse to export products to a starving world. In fact the Indonesians are willing to export in large quantities—it is to their advantage to do so—but the Dutch still hold all the main ports of Java, and demand that all exports should pass through their hands—an intolerable burden to an independent Republic.

The NEI Government recognises legitimate aspirations of Indonesians towards national existense through friendly co-operation - Van Mook, Lieut.-Gov. 6/11/45.

The NEI Government recognises legitimate aspirations of Indonesians towards national existense through friendly co-operation - Van Mook, Lieut.-Gov. 6/11/45.

Of course, it is the rich resources of Indonesia that the Dutch want. They want freedom to exploit the country as they have done for three centuries, through Royal Dutch Shell, and similar big businesses, and are in no way concerned with the freedom to prosper of the millions of Indonesians who own the country. It is the most blatant example of a colonial war seen this century.

The United Nations must [unclear: act] at once to stop this war, and every government and every organisation must send protests to UN and to the Dutch government. Otherwise the Charter becomes a farce and imperialists all over the world will know they may do as they please without fear of intervention.