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The Indonesian economy is slowing down, like many of the “emerging” economies. In these conditions methods of struggle that led to important gains for the working class in the recent past no longer have the same effects. This poses a number of questions that have to be answered by the labour movement.
Another attempt has been launched to criminalize labour activists in Indonesia. The court in Gresik (East Java), which has been convening for the past 4 months, has just given its verdict against two of the leaders of the FSPBI-KASBI union: Abdul Hakam and Agus Budiono.
Today is the beginning of a week of strikes and general strikes in Indonesia. During the past month the call for a general strike has been heard in every major factory in the country. The 28th of October has been in the mind of every worker, as it has been in the mind of every capitalist and politician – of course for different reasons.
“In terms of the numbers killed, the anti-PKI massacres in Indonesia rank as one of the worst mass murders of the twentieth century". (CIA study in 1968)