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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Political Prisoners Banished To Island In South Pacific (Ily Iximlon Observer Service Special Correspondent) JAKARTA Bum, one of Lhe Spice Islands in the South Paci- fic, 8t) miles long and 54 miles wide about the same size as Cyprus has received new inhabitants, and anothei are. soon to follow. They are political prisoners arrested in the aftermath of the attempt- ed Communist coup in October 1965, and now banished by the Indonesian government. Unti recently they were held at Tjilatjap, a port on the south- ern coast of central Java, air miles from Buru. The first prisoner numbering about have been farming on Buru for a year, and the government in- tends to make the total up to Farming is not easy. Most of Buru is covered with teak and ebony forest, the home of the curious pig deer, crested ba- boons and beautifully-colored birds. In the east the moun- tains rise to nearly feet. Sago palms sago is a staple diet of the 30.0UO natives grow in swamps. A Dutch nov- elist who visited Buru before it ceased to be part of the Dutch empire after World War II, called it "the end of the world." All the prisoners are men, and all are from Java. Among them are miters and scholars. Last year, when the Attorney General of Indonesia, Sugih Arto, went to the island with a group of Indonesian and foreign correspondents, they met Pramudya Ananta TUT, an eminent Indonesian novelist. He seemed in good health, but had aged and was grey-haired. He is only 44. He was not allowed to have ink or paper. When they got back home local jour- nalists protested against this "intolerable deprivation" for a creative writer. But whether the ban on ink and paper to Pramudya Ananla Tur has since been lifted nobody knows. According to Uie1 government, the first "settlers" are do- ing so well they ceased to re- quire food sent to the island from June 1 this year. They were said to have cultivated 700 tons of paddy, plus corn and other eatables enough to feed them for eight months. They have not been allowed full freedom on the island, but gradually, it is said, barbed wire surrounding their camps is coming down, so that they can live as normal inhabitants. It is not known under what conditions the new importation of will live. A religious court at Kudus, in central Java, has granted the request of a number of wives of prisoners for divorce on the grounds that their husbands low fail to maintain them. It is known that this is not the wish of men who still love ;heir wives. Some have agreed .0 divorce (heir wives, but have asked for mementoes of their destroyed family life a sar- ong, a shirt and such things. The government is making plans to send wives and chil- dren out to Buru as soon as married prisoners are able to provide for them. But many vomen are reluctant to go, partly because they do not wish to deny their children the opportunity of going to school in Java. The Indonesian Army admit- ted a year ago that poli- tical prisoners were in deten- tion. These were divided into three categories: Category A the "m o s t severe' cases; Category B those less deeply involved in the Communist conspiracy; Cate- gory C those suspect- ed of being in some degree in- volved. There were also people who had not been pul into any of the three cate- gories. The prisoners on Buru island are all Category B. ft is understood that the gov- ernment intends to release some prisoners, including Category C prisoners. S'ome Category C people have been released in the past, but on reaching their homes found themselves ostracised by their own people. They were unable to find jobs and some even ask- ed their former prisoner camp cc I landers to take them back. To try to ameliorate this situ- ation the government some montlis ago appealed to the public to give the returned pris- Dners a friendlier reception. The Ministry of Home Affairs co-operated with the Ministry of Heligious Affairs in this task, and it seems that it had some success. A group of 823 >risoners shipped back home from Buru got a kindlier wel- come, and so did a second wave of 703 Category C pris- oners sat free on August 17 at Ambon in the Moluccas on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Indonesia's independence. Wednesday, Seplombor 30, 1970 THE IEIHBRIDGE HERALD 43 SMALL BUT GAINING An 05 yet unnamed baby -gorilla, now just a female gorilla, which weighed two pounds, throe month old, receives one of her six daily feedings of five ounces of formula from Mrs. Lee Simmons, wife of Omaha's Henry Dcorly zoo cliretdor. The kept in an incubator to prefect her against germ; watches the feeding wilh rapt allention. ounces at birlh. 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