Chaos Theory (2001) – President Wahid uses the tinderboxes of Ambon, Aceh and West Papua as a reason for him to stay in power. Without him, he argues, the regions would explode and fight harder than ever for independence.
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Meanwhile, we reveal that the army orchestrated many violent incidents – such as bombings – aimed at provoking more disunity. With its close ties to Indonesia’s ‘leader in waiting’, Vice-president Megawati, the military has lost patience with Wahid’s attempts at dialogue. They favour a crackdown on the separatists. In the middle of this power struggle are the people who helped oust Suharto and who now blame Wahid for failing to implement the anti-corruption, anti-military reforms they fought for.
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ABC Australia – Ref. 0962