Indonesia: May 9, 2004


The government is releasing about 20 percent of the 3,300 Aceh rebels it has captured in the last year. About a third of those captives actually surrendered. The government sent most of the captives to "re-education camps" and is releasing those who have served at least five months in the camps and are deemed likely to be loyal Indonesians once released. The rebels still out there will probably be suspicious of those being released. The former prisoners are under pressure to work as informers for the government. The rebellion in Aceh is largely fought at the village level, because the several thousand rebels in the hills depend on local villages to supply food, and not report them to the police.  




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