As the Clinton Administration seems to be throwing its support for the military approved transfer of power in Indonesia, we’ll talk about the threat of what one activist calls “Suhartoism without Suharto.” Here in the United States, Georgia Congress member Cynthia McKinney has just introduced a bill calling for a freeze on the sale, lease, and grant of lethal equipment to the government of Indonesia. While the White House has not made political reform a condition for continued economic aid to Indonesia, McKinney says the bill “works around the Clinton Administration quagmire” and is “just one piece of what should become a strategic plan to eliminate the killing power of one more hand-picked dictator.”
Meanwhile, yesterday in London, TAPOL head Carmel Budiarjo called on the British government to freeze all deliveries of military equipment to Indonesia. The human rights group also rejected Suharto’s hand-picked replacement, Jusuf Habibe, as unacceptable.
We continue our discussion with our international activist roundtable on Indonesia.