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Suatu malam di bulan Juli 1983, mobil Toyota Hardtop yang dikemudikan Bathi Mulyono baru saja melintasi jalan Kawi, Semarang ketika dua motor menyalip kencang dan “dor..dor..” suara pistol menyalak. Dua peluru menembus mobil. Nasib naas masih jauh dari hidupnya. Bathi menginjak pedal gas dan melesat menembus kegelapan malam. Sang penembak pun kabur entah ke mana.

Sejak malam itu Bathi menghilang. Dia tak pulang ke rumah kendati istrinya, Siti Noerhayati, tengah hamil tua. Bathi memutuskan untuk menyembunyikan dirinya dari kejaran operasi pembasmian preman yang kerap disebut “Petrus” atau Penembakan Misterius. Sejak pertengahan 1983 Bathi hidup nomaden dan bersembunyi di Gunung Lawu. Dia baru berani turun gunung pada 1985, setelah Petrus mereda. Nasib Bathi masih mujur. Ribuan orang yang dituduh preman mati tanpa proses peradilan.

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The Indonesian Army and its precursor, the Dutch Colonial Army, had a long history of cooperation with shadowy criminal underworld gangs. The New Order regime, its intelligence organizations, the Army, political parties, and business owners all patronized petty criminals who functioned as their informants, protectors and enforcers, when needed. Soeharto’s master political strategist, Ali Moertopo, and his autonomous Opsus intelligence unit maintained an extensive network of informers and thugs. Moertopo’s bully boys provoked the January 1974 Malari riots to discredit rival Kopkamtib Commander Soemitro and engaged in arm twisting tactics to ensure Golkar victories in the 1971, 1977 and 1982 general elections. They intimidated opposition parties and frightened the public with threats of anarchy – a repeat of the 1965-1966 terror – if voters failed to fall in line behind Golkar.

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