29 May '16, 5am

#Indonesia's bid to probe anti-communist massacres sparks backlash

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian activist Adlun Fiqri could be jailed for wearing a T-shirt allegedly bearing a leftist logo, one of many caught up in a backlash against efforts to shine a light on military-backed, anti-communist massacres half a century ago. Police and the military have in recent weeks rounded up people for allegedly spreading communism - which remains outlawed in Indonesia - through logos on T-shirts. They have also seized books about communism and stopped a film screening that touched on the subject. It came after the government last month took small steps towards making peace with one of the nation's darkest chapters - the killing of at least 500,000 people in anti-communist massacres in 1965-66, conducted by local groups with military support. The killings began after General Suharto put down a coup attempt blamed on communists. He rose to power on the back...

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