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Sunday, March 8th 2020 Demonstration at Dam Square, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Indo Community declared a “Symbolic war” on The State of The Netherlands.
On Sunday, March 8, the “Day of the Revolt” took place on Dam Square in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on which the Indo Community symbolically declared war on the Dutch State. The manifestation drew attention to the lack of legal restoration for the thousands of war victims from the former Dutch East Indies.
The date refers to 8 March 1942, the day on which the Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL) surrendered to the Japanese occupiers. During the Japanese occupation of the colony, thousands of Dutch and Indo soldiers and civilians were killed and died of hunger, exhaustion and abuse. After the Japanese capitulation and subsequently the violent Bersiap period and colonial war, there was hardly any restoration of rights for the war victims.
For example, the Dutch State invariably claimed that the payment obligation of the salaries of KNIL soldiers and civil servants over 3.5 years of Japanese occupation (the so-called backpay) has been transferred to the Indonesian Government. Making payment impossible. Archival research proves that this transfer never took place, the debt obligation remains with the Dutch State to this day.
In addition, the lack of legal restoration concerns never paid bank and savings balances, insurance policies and foreign compensation. Marga Klompé, Minister of Social Work, admitted during a private maintenance in 1958 that “The Indo people are sacrificed for greater interests”. The current value of the series of financial files is at least € 36.5 billion. This was during the Roundtable Conference of 30
September 2019 presented to Parliament Members by investigative journalist Griselda Molemans.
Initiators Peggy Stein and Anton te Meij of the Indo Platform 2.0 / Meldpunt Indische Kwestie/Indo Issue emphasize that this so-called Indo Issue has now dragged on for 75 years. ”Thirty post-war cabinets have largely ignored the outstanding debt to the Indo Community. Every once in a while some money has been sprinkled to calm the minds, but the first generation of war victims have been treated in a downright outrageous way. ”
“We stand up for them now. To finally give our grandparents and parents a voice. They themselves were unable to do this because, after arriving in the Netherlands, they were saddled with a large debt for their temporary stay in contract houses and silenced. It is impossible to celebrate 75 years of freedom if you do not recognize and settle the outstanding moral and legal debt to these war victims. ”
The Day of the Uprising took place between 12.30H and 18.00H on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Speakers included Marion Bloem (writer and documentary maker), Frans Leidelmeijer (Art Collector), Sylvia Pessireron (Chairman of the Task Force Indo Legal Restoration), Michael Passage (Founder SOuthern CALifornia INDO), Griselda Molemans (Investigative Journalist) and some children and grandchildren of war victims.
The closing performance was provided by the Moluccan band Massada. The band members hereby emphasize that their own KNIL fathers, loyal to the Dutch flag, struggled in vain for years to get their backpay paid out.

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The King of the Netherlands today apologized to Indonesia


The King of the Netherlands today apologized to Indonesia for the excessive violence committed by Dutch military personnel in the years following the Japanese occupation. It is a first step in the right direction, but no more than that.

In his speech, the king forgot to mention that in 1949 the Netherlands transferred the backpay debt to its own military and official personnel over 3.5 years of the Japanese occupation to Indonesia. So-called: a debt transfer has never taken place. The Republic of Indonesia has been used in this respect as a lightning rod for a capital debt obligation.

In 1966 it was agreed that the Indonesian government would pay 686 million Guilders to compensate families who fled from Indonesia and from Dutch New Guinea between 1958 and 1962 for the loss of their possessions. However, the State accounted for the lion’s share of these reparations: only a fraction of the money was legally earmarked for the victims themselves.

What President Jokowi probably also does not know is what happened during the negotiations on the payment of the amount that Thailand paid to take over the Burma-Thailand Railway built by Allied and Indigenous Forced Laborers. The compensation of more than 1.2 million Guilders for looted railway equipment from Java had to be paid to the Indonesian Government in 1952 because it is the legal successor of the colony. The money was not transferred to ‘Jakarta’, but to the Dutch government. After which every trace of a transaction is missing from Indonesia.

And there are more open files, including the money that Indonesian, Moluccan and Chinese victims of forced prostitution have earned, but never received because the money was deposited with the two Japanese war banks to finance the war machine. And after the war was confiscated by order of the Dutch government without the young women having seen a cent of it.

SHORT CONCLUSION: in its relentless colonial modus operandi to settle outstanding bills, the Dutch State has disadvantaged its own former colony as much as all displaced families who have fled to the Netherlands. Including all protected Indonesian families, whose fathers worked for the Dutch intelligence services.