Foreign News: Fifth Obituary

To prove that their anti-Communist actions are as good as their intentions, Indonesian Republicans wound up a busy week (see above) by announcing the execution of Moscow-trained Tan Malaka, the slender, smooth-skinned Indonesian Communist leader who had ungraciously refused to comply with at least four previous Republican reports of his death.

This time, the Republicans dressed up their account of Tan's execution with details. Tan, they said, was executed by a firing squad April 9, near Blitar, in East Java. The Republicans also reported that they had executed three other Communist chieftains: former Premier Amir Sjarifoed-den, R. M. Suripino, a former Republican...

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