The Convoluted Historiography of the September 30th Movement In Indonesia

ABSTRACT: Over half a century after the assassination of six right-leaning Army officers which led to the creeping coup of Indonesia’s first president, possibly over A million deaths in the subsequent purge of the left, and three decades of a military dictatorship; many details of the so-called September 30th Movement are still shrouded in mystery. Contrary information and the lack of documentary evidence has led to varying historical narratives in the wake of events. This paper attempts to provide a broad outline of the evolving understanding of the events in Jakarta on September 30th, 1965.