Civil War and Subversion in Indonesia
Establilishment of Rebel Republic in Indonesia
Civil war threatens the island republic of Indonesia where the central government has reacted to establishment of a revolutionary regime by bombing key insurgent transportation and communication points. The rebels, who proclaimed a republic in Central Sumatra on Feb. 15, are asking more local autonomy, a new cabinet responsible to the parliament, clean-up of corruption in the government, ousting of Communist sympathizers, and anti-inflationary economic measures. President Sukarno, who has rejected all these demands in the past, insists on complete surrender by the rebels in advance of negotiations. The head of the rebel government, discounting Sukarno's ability to mount a successful attack without help from abroad, said on Mar. 3 that the rebels would ...