‘Historically inaccurate’ video on Indonesia’s tragedies makes rounds, elicits criticism

A video appearing to commemorate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day has been under fire from activists and internet users, who are slamming it for being insensitive and historically inaccurate.

As a result of the criticism, Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf, who along with many others posted the 59-second video on social media, issued an apology.

Making the rounds on social media over the weekend, the video illustrates a timeline of historical Indonesian events that the narrator, speaking in auction terms, describes as “a bidding to divide” the nation after the country’s independence in 1945.

Actress-turned-politician Kirana Larasati also posted the video on her Twitter account @_kiranalara on Thursday last week.

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