Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2015. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part today. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2015.

Your Donation: $
Monday, June 7, 1999 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Activists Demonstrate at the Pentagon, Demanding An...
1999-06-07

Elections in Indonesia

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

Indonesians headed today to the voting booths throughout the vast archipelago for the country’s first parliamentary elections in decades. Over 100 million voters are estimated to have voted, and it may take days for the votes to be tallied. Many of the media reports characterized the elections as free and democratic, and as offering Indonesians a chance to finally break free of the oppressive legacy of Indonesia’s former dictator Suharto, who ruled the country with an iron fist for 32 years.

But to some election observers, the voting today is symbolic, and power will still remain in the hands of the country’s elite and military leaders.

Guest:

  • Allan Nairn, journalist and human rights activist. He is in Jakarta writing a series of articles for The Nation. After they survived and reported on the 1991 massacre in East Timor by the Indonesian military, he and Amy Goodman were declared a "threat to national security" by the Indonesian government, and banned from the country. Speaking from Jakarta.

Related link:

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.