STATEMENT BY THE PRD ON 17th AUGUST
The New Order regime is engaged in continued attempts to deal a crushing
blow at PRD members. The witch-hunt against them is being carried on by its
repressive instruments, whose provocative acts are extremely frenzied
- First, on 30th July 1996, the office of the Central Java secretariat of
PRD and SMID in Jl. Tegalsari III/129 was ransacked by the
repressive apparatus. It failed to find any important PRD documents. .In
fact, two nights earlier,the repressive apparatus employed its Irian Jaya
thugs in an attempt to raid the office, but was aborted. Some comrades who
were to stay the night there were still awake. Together with the local
population they managed to drive them off from the office . It turned out
that a van had been made ready to take them away.
- Second, on 2nd August 1996,during another raid, combined forces of the
repressive apparatus failed to find any PRD document. The place had already
been made empty. What they could do was destroying all clothes still left
there, which should have been taken away to safety. In addition they also
managed to rob our computer. The computer had been entrusted to local
people, who had to hand it over to them after being intimidated and
threatened with arrest. Afterwards the ransackers sealed the secretariat's
office with something resembling a yellow strip, a hallmark of the police.
Since then they have kept a close watch on the entrance/exit.
- Third, the repressive apparatus also made provocative acts against
Wirayanti's (W) family. Organising thugs at the Terboyo bus terminal and
members of the Pancasila youth in this act of terrorism, they made W's
house the target of stone-throwing. Many glass objects and many roof
tiles belonging to the house were destroyed. They also distributed and
pasted leaflets on objects, on which they called on people in the
neighbourhood to keep away from and keep a close watch on the house. They,
however, did not confine themselves to these acts. They also carried W's
parents to the police headquarters for questioning about W's activities.
- Fourth, an attempt was made to arrest Arie Trismana -- Coordinator of
financial affairs at the central board of PRD. This was done by way of a
raid on his uncle's house, which indeed was his hide-out at the time.
Before they could find the house, the state instruments fetched Arie's
mother away to the police station. The raid began as Arie was playing with
his youngest cousin. At first he saw his mother coming to the house, but
was followed by unknown persons. He immediately went to the bathing room
where he hid himself behind the door. After he managed to slip off, he made a succesful escape by jumping over the hedge, at the back of the house and subsequently hid himself underneath his uncle's chicken coop.
The hunting has also been carried out in university campuses, with those
PRD members still having the status of students being the target. Secret
agents were present around the Diponegoro University campus. A lot of
students were picked to take part in the drive to capture PRD activists.
For this purpose para-comando units of the Students' Regiment had been
employed The impact of the drive was most tangible at the Faculty of
Letters and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, where there
were many PRD members among the students.
In another development, the head of the Dipayana University (UNDIP) drove
the point home in a circular that if PRD should be declared to have
problems (with the government), students with a PRD membership would be
expelled dishonourably. Besides, he had called on PRD members among the
students to come and surrender . However, the call has hitherto been
Come what may, we shall continue to stand consistently in the front line
of the struggle in defense of the people, no matter the risks. This is an
acceptable logical consequence.
EVER ONWARD, NO RETREAT!
A UNITED RESISTANCE, FOR A CHANGE!
A 7000 PAY, A NEW PRESIDENT, A NEW POLITICAL PARTY
WATCH THE GENERAL ELECTION!
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