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Tiga ratus orang lebih dibunuh. Dan rakyat bersork-sorai. Dan Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat tutup mulut. Suratkabar menghidangkan foto mayat dan riwayat yang sadis. Majalah yang berjiwa cendikiawan memberi laporan dua kali tentang dokter dan mantri yang harus membedah mayat orang yang terbunuh.

M.A.W. Brouwer, “Terjebak ke Langkah Mundur”, Tempo, 8 Agustus 1983, h. 54

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Tiga penduduk Yogyakarta yang minta perlindungan hukum kepada LBH (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum) Jakarta hingga Rabu malam belum berhasil menjumpai Dandim 0734 Letkol M. Hasbi di Yogyakarta. Mereka berangkat dari Jakarta. Mereka berangkat dari Jakarta Selasa petang, diantar oleh anggota LBH Maqdir Ismail SH.

“Belum Berhasil Menyerahkan Diri”, Kompas, 14 April 1983, h. 9

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The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) announced on Tuesday that the summary execution-style killings between 1982 and 1985, known locally as penembakan misterius (mysterious shootings), or Petrus, were a gross violation of human rights as they involved systematic extra-judicial killing, torture and abduction.

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In keeping with the overt symbolism that marked political monuments in Suharto’s New Order, the Department of the Interior on Jakarta’s main square was ornamented with a giant kentongan. A kentongan is an instrument made from a hollowed branch that is struck to give off a sound. Kentongan have been used by neighborhood watches (rondo) in Java’s towns and villages for centuries as devices to keep thieves away, to call forth populations for territorial defense, and to keep people alert and ready toward off threats to community well-being. Hung by a mosque, in a guard house, or in front of the village head’s house, it is the quintessential technology for community policing. The kentongan at the Department of the Interior, by virtue of its size and location, would seem to represent a departure from the strictly local connotations of village kentongan. This grand kentongan was undoubtedly meant to provide the many thousands of kentongan in the nation’s villages and towns with a new center with which to resonate. Through a sort of crude symbolism, the installation of this kentongan signified the subordination of local security apparatuses to the overarching security framework provided by the state.

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