Friday, April 11, 2008

Ethnic tensions in Makassar Indonesia

Makassar in South Sulawesi was traditionally a trading port, the Bugis sailors originating from here and dominating the Java Sea, in their pirate prahu galleons, equipped wih a huge cast bronze boat-rammers. Chinese traders have lived in Makassar for over 400 years, and have done very well. Recently there was an incident, that sparked students in Makassar to round up a lot of Chinese locals, and this highlighted tentions that are long-standing.

Here's what the Jakarta Post says

Makassar violence highlights ethnic tension in city
Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post, Makassar

Peace has returned to Makassar following protests triggered by a housemaid's death at the hands of her Chinese-Indonesian employer, but there's still an uneasy feeling in the air.

The reactions of residents and students have made many city residents, especially Chinese-Indonesians, feel uneasy. Chinese-Indonesians are a minority population numbering around 30,000 out of the city's around 1.2 million residents.

Tribun Timur,
Surat Kabar Terbesar di Makassar


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