Dutch used ‘excessive’ violence in Indonesia: Rutte apologises

Prime minister Mark Rutte has offered ‘deep apologies’ for the ‘systematic and widespread extreme violence’ used by Dutch armed forces in their attempts to put down the Indonesian struggle for independence. He has also said sorry to the people of Indonesia on behalf of his current government, that ‘previous governments have consistently looked away.’ The apology is considered to be the first recognition by the Dutch state of its full responsibility for war crimes between 1945 and 1949, and it … Continue reading Dutch used ‘excessive’ violence in Indonesia: Rutte apologises