September 30th is the 45th anniversary of a coup which the Indonesian government completely blamed the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). On that coup, the government claimed the PKI, led by D.N. Aidit, killed the country’s top generals and mutilated their bodies. The later claim has been largely rejected by many critics recently, but for years, state-sponsored films depicting the ‘cruelty’ of the PKI were forced upon school kids.
Last year the Inside Indonesia magazine featured an extensive collection of articles which are still relevant to this day: http://www.insideindonesia.org/edition-99/the-killings-of-1965-66, and the current featured video on EngageMedia show how the Soeharto anti-communist policies affected many people, including an artist hangout place in Tjidurian Street, Jakarta. In addition, the anti communism crackdown also buried a beautiful song, Genjer Genjer, performed here by folk artist Tika.