Indonesia has convened an unprecedented two-day discussion of that brings together survivors and representatives of the military which is blamed for orchestrating the atrocities.
There were scuffles Monday between protesters who oppose the conference and police outside the tightly guarded venue, in a sign of the deep divisions within Indonesia over what rights groups say was one of the worst atrocities of the last century.
Researchers estimate half a million people were killed in the attacks on communists and sympathizers that ushered in the 32-year rule of the dictator Suharto.
Within Indonesia, widely accepted accounts of the era gloss over the deaths, and descendants of Communist Party members are stigmatized and face legal discrimination that prevents them from holding government jobs.
But the conference has the backing of government figures and was opened by the Cabinet minister in charge of security and political affairs Luhut Pandjaitan. Indonesia’s attorney-general, police chief and justice minister also made appearances. Read More