Fwd [GLW}: No solution can come from elite, meeting told

Alan Bradley alanb at SPAMelf.brisnet.org.au
Sun Aug 13 07:41:52 MDT 2000


The following articles are from the current issue of Green Left Weekly
(http://www.greenleft.org.au).

No solution can come from elite, meeting told
BY MATT LIVINGSTON

BRISBANE -- The crisis in Indonesia cannot be solved by “shifting deck
chairs on the Titanic”, the national coordinator of Action in Solidarity
with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET), Max Lane, told a public gathering at
the University of Queensland here on August 8.

Speaking at a forum on “Fighting the IMF in Indonesia” organised by
Resistance and ASIET, Lane detailed the economic and political crises
facing Indonesia.

In the face of International Monetary Fund-imposed conditional loans, the
economy is spiralling into debt, and the masses of Indonesian people are
struggling for survival, he said. He recalled that both the Indonesian and
Australian governments have supported the IMF's role for over 30 years and
continue to do so under President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Lane emphasised that the solution does not lie within the political elite.
The next step, he argued, could occur only when the Indonesian people
realise their potential power.

This, however, would be a huge leap to revolutionary consciousness, which
is presently evident only within university campuses and amongst groups
such as the People's Democratic Party (PRD). For these progressive groups,
the situation is a race against time before the social and economic
structure collapses.

The role for Australian solidarity activists, Lane said, is to expose the
Australian government's complicity in the situation, demanding cancellation
of debt owed, the withdrawal of the IMF and an end to the recently
re-established ties with the Indonesian armed forces. Lane stressed the key
role of ASIET in solidarity with progressive groups in Indonesia such as
the PRD.

The event also relaunched the University of Queensland ASIET club. The UQ
ASIET club will provide an avenue for activists to campaign in solidarity
with the Third World victims of corporate tyranny.

The club will be organising part of the national postcard campaign
demanding 1000 scholarships for East Timorese students and will promote the
forthcoming tour of an Indonesian trade union activist. The next meeting
will be held at noon on August 15, in the Tivey Room. For more information,
contact 3831 2644.





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