Dutch Moluccans mark independence declaration
The festivities will be held in the eastern town of Assen, home to a large Moluccan community.25 April 2008
ASSEN - Moluccans in The Netherlands are holding festivities to mark the declaration of the Republic of the Southern Moluccas exactly 58 years ago.
Hundreds of Moluccans are expected to attend the festivities, which are being held in the eastern town of Assen, home to a large Moluccan community. The events include a parade, a church service and several speeches, including one by President Tutuhatunewa of the Moluccan government in exile.
The Republic of the Southern Moluccas declared independence from Indonesia in Ambon in 1950 but was never internationally recognised.
Indonesian troops took control of the island several months later, prompting the Moluccan government to go into exile.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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