CIKINI, PERISTIWA

Occurred on 30 November 1957, at 20.45, on the front yard of Cikini College Foundation (Yayasan Perguruan Cikini), in Central Jakarta. During the event President Soekarno escaped the assassination attempt. That night, when President Sukarno was walking away from the school after attending a bazaar held in the area, as many as six grenades were thrown at him. Five of which exploded, killing 10 and injuring 48 schoolchildren, most of them were seriously wounded, but Sukarno survived. Immediately after the first explosion, presidential aide, Lieutenant Colonel Sugandhi, immediately pushed him face down on the floor and sat on top of him to protect him from shrapnel. After the fifth explosion, Sukarno was immediately pulled across the road in front of the building and made to enter the house in front of him. At that house  Soekarno was hidden in the back room and covered by a cupboard, until it was deemed safe.

 

A few days later, two perpetrators were arrested. Both recognized that the assassination plan was set up by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Indonesia, which was better known as gangs of Darul Islam (DI). It was revealed in the trial that  Dutch aided the DI, in the form of weapons and ammunition. This ignited a feeling of anti-Dutch in the community.

 

A few weeks later, almost all Dutch companies, engaged in industry, plantation etc.,  were seized by the Government of Indonesia. In addition, Dutch citizens were expelled from Indonesia. Dutch airline, KLM was banned from flying in Indonesian airspace. During his time as president, Sukarno experienced several attempted murders. Among them were Makasar incident, Idul Adha incident, and rockets’ firing towards Presidential Palace by Daniel Maukar. From the various assassination attempts the one that has most casualties was Cikini incident.