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Labor Action, 17 January 1949

 

Robert Magnus

What Is Tanmalaka Group in Indonesia?

 

From Labor Action, Vol. 13 No. 3, 17 January 1949, p. 4.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.

 

Editor:

Although the general coverage given by Labor Action to the Indonesian conflict has been excellent, some specific details of great importance have been omitted.

The most important of these concerns the internal factional struggle in the Indonesian labor movement. Information on this conflict is almost impossible to obtain and much more difficult to verify, but some reports indicate that besides the Stalinist and Socialist Parties, who took posts in the Republican government for a time, there is a Trotskyist group led by one Tan Malaka. An old revolutionary, this Malaka seems to have split from the Stalinists and to have been arrested by the Republicans. He is supposedly pursuing an independent revolutionary policy and is now cooped up in the hills with a “Red Army.”

What is the truth of these reports? Who is Malaka and what group does he head? Information on this group is of immediate importance to correct the tacit political support given by LA to the Republicans.

 

Robert Magnus

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The reply which appears alongside is the first complete account of Tanmalaka to appear in this country, or in the English language, so far as we know. – Ed.

 
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