INDONESIA: Shrinking Perimeter

Padang's rebellion floundered, seemed perilously near collapse. The rebel communiqués continued to report bloody battles all along the shrinking perimeter of rebel territory in Central Sumatra, but newsmen searching for these savage conflicts were finding little but bad roads, torrential rains and, occasionally, friendly government troops. "It's an accident when they fight—like two people bumping into each other in the dark," said one Western observer.

Colonel Simbolon, who marched off with one battalion to take command of the rebel forces in North Sumatra, last week was back in Bukittinggi without 1) his...

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