Indonesia’s defense minister said Thursday suspected communists killed in 1960s military-backed massacres “deserved to die”, as a backlash mounts against efforts to resolve one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.
Hardline ex-general Ryamizard Ryacudu made the comments to a gathering of former military figures and nationalist groups convened in response to moves by the government to come to terms with the mass killings.
Rights groups have called for an official apology for the massacres, in which at least 500,000 people died, but Ryacudu noted that US President Barack Obama did not say sorry for the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on a recent trip to Japan.
“Millions of people died because of the bomb, and that was war,” he said, adding that those killed in the 1960s massacres had mounted an “uprising” so the victims “deserved to die”. Read More