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Take Action: Shatter the Silence!
Reveal the Truth, Acknowledge the Crime

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence.
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Participant Media.

Contents

* Sample Tweets

* Sample Social Media Posts

* Sample Letters to the Editor


 

Sample Tweets
(mix and match, or write you own)

I just signed this petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj urging US to acknowledge role in Indonesia #genocide. #lookofsilence

Just saw @lookofsilence. I'm urging U.S. shatter its silence on Indonesia mass violence. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj

Shatter the silence on US role in #Indonesia mass murder. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #humanrights #lookofsilence

See the @lookofsilence, then urge U.S. to tell truth about Indonesia mass violence. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj

End 50 years of silence: Time for US to address #crimesagainsthumanity in #Indonesia sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj

US helped kill up to a million in #Indonesia. Urge US to tell all it knows, acknowledge crime.
http://chn.ge/1v50Edj  #lookofsilence

Tell the U.S. to reveal the truth about Indonesia mass violence.
http://chn.ge/1v50Edj  #lookofsilence #genocide

U.S. must admit its role in Indonesia mass violence Sign
http://chn.ge/1v50Edj from @etan009 #lookofsilence #humanrights

Watch the haunting @LookofSilence Then help lay ghosts to rest. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #humanrights

Shatter the silence on US role in #Indonesia mass murder. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #humanrights

Urge US to reveal the truth, acknowledge the crime. Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #humanrights #lookofsilence

50 years of US corporations profiting from Suharto regime, time to hold them accountable Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #humanrights

50 years of US corporate profit fr Indonesia #genocide, hold them accountable Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj #HumanRights

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Sample Social Media Posts

I recently saw The Look of Silence about the massacres that took place in Indonesia in 1965.66. The U.S. played a major role in the events at the center of The Look of Silence. It cheered  the killing, compiled list of those it wanted dead or imprisoned, and and provided crucial equipment during the bloodbath.

In the decades that followed, the U.S.  trained and armed the military dictatorship that oppressed Indonesia to the benefit of. US corporate interests. The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (www.etan.org) and other human rights groups are urging the U.S. government to declassify and release all  its records of the 1965/66 violence. The U.S. should acknowledge its responsibility in these bloody events and the many bloodbaths - in Aceh, West Papua, East Timor and elsewhere in the archipelago - that followed.  Sign ETAN's petition here: Sign @etan009 petition http://chn.ge/1v50Edj


We need to confront the U.S. government’s role in facilitating the killings depicted in Oppenheimer’s films - The Look of Silence and The Act of Killing. The U.S. cheered on the Indonesian army as the massacres took place, handed over key equipment, and provided lists of people it wanted arrested. U.S. companies benefited greatly from the Suharto dictatorship after he took power.

In the U.S., we need to confront our own government’s role in facilitating the killings depicted in Oppenheimer’s films. The U.S. cheered on the Indonesian army as the massacres took place, provided key equipment and provided lists of people it wanted arrested. U.S. companies benefited greatly from the Suharto dictatorship after he took power.

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (www.etan.org) is pressing the U.S. government to declassify and release all its records of the violence in Indonesia. The U.S. must also acknowledge its responsibility in these massacres and the many bloodbaths that followed – in Timor-Leste, Aceh, West Papua and elsewhere in the archipelago.

I have signed ETAN's petition urging the U.S. to release its records and acknowledge its role in the crimes of Indonesia mass violence. I hope you will also sign. Thanks http://chn.ge/1v50Edj



I am going to see the documentary The Look of Silence about the mass killing in Indonesia in 1965. The U.S. had a major role in these massacres at the center of the film. It cheered on the killing and trained and armed that seized power at the time and, with U.S. backing,  ruled for decades after. I just signed East Timor and Indonesia Action Network's (www.etan.org) petition. Please join me in demanding that U.S. declassify and release its records and acknowledge its role in the crimes of Indonesia mass violence. Thank you.  http://chn.ge/1v50Edj

 

 

Sample Letters to the Editor
(modify or write your own)

Dear Editor,

The Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Look of Silence,” tells the  incredible story of  one brave man’s attempts to find justice and closure for his family in Indonesia. He lost his brother during the massacres in the 1960s that brought the brutal dictator Suharto to power in Indonesia. 

There is also a need to justice at a higher level. The World Bank, the U.S. government, and our allies played crucial roles the rise of  Suharto and the more than three decades of massacres across Indonesia, the illegal occupation of Timor-Leste, and the destruction of the economic and social fabric of the Indonesian people.

We need official recognition of the role our government played, including reparations to the Indonesian people for the millions, if not billions, that American companies profited from military sales and collusion in the widespread exploitation of natural resources across the archipelago.

Sincerely,


To the editor:

I recently saw the Oscar-nominated documentary The Look of Silence. It powerfully depicts the impact of the 1965 massacres in Indonesia on one family. In the film, the protagonist  gently confronts his brother's killers and those who commanded them. The film speaks eloquently on the need for justice and accountability.

The U.S. government cheered on the killers, helped to give them direction and provided crucial equipment during  the bloodbath. After 50 years, the U.S. should clean about its role in the mass violence, when as many as one million were killed. U.S. corporations greatly benefited from the military dictatorship that seized power, as Indonesian, West Papuans and East Timorese suffered one massacre after another. As a start the U.S. must declassify and release all its records and acknowledge its role in these crimes.

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (etan.org) is working to make this happen.

Sincerely,

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Background and links on the 1965-66 killings, the film, and human rights and justice

ETAN projects images from the Oscar-nominated documentary THE ACT OF KILLING on World Bank headquarters

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postcard to World Bank, found deep in the archives. #taok

latest postcard from the deep archives This one a thanks to Time Magazine

Postcard to ExxonMobil, found deep in the archives. #taok

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'Thank you cards" from Indonesia found buried deep in the archives, well in the back of a file cabinet. Click on each to read and for more information and background.

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