WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1942

After receiving information from throughout the Minangkabau, and in view of the news concerning the atmosphere overseas that had been broadcast over the radio, the “Central Committee” decided at dawn on March 11, 1942:

To stage large demonstrations (processions) within and outside the
town of Padang Panjang, tomorrow, March 12, 1942.

The Committee quickly prepared announcements of the demonstrations which Sdr. Murad Saad typed and distributed.

In closing, these announcements declared that the Committee itself would ultimately decide whether or not the demonstrations would actually take place. It was further explained that, if a flag were raised on the hill, this would be a sign that the demonstrations were in fact to be held. But if the flag were not raised, then they had been postponed. This decision was made in the light of the prevailing uncertainty, when the whole situation could change in a moment. What seemed a good plan for half an hour in the future, by the time that half hour had passed was possibly no longer advisable or no longer necessary. This meant that everyone really had to obey the Central Committee’s decisions. And in order to confront the climate that later developed, the lack of endurance, which is characteristic of most Minangkabau young people, had to be abandoned. They had to be persistent and show more self-control and not give way to narrow and thoughtless opinions.

As was the Committee’s usual practice, news about staging the demonstration was passed from mouth to mouth, but with little discussion. Their behavior was similar to that of a procession of ants moving to and

-Sec1:33-

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  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 5
  • Translator’s Preface 9
  • Introduction Sec1:27
  • Wednesday, March 11, 1942 Sec1:33
  • Thursday, March 12, 1942 Sec1:37
  • Friday, March 13, 1942 Sec1:43
  • Saturday, March 14, 1942 Sec1:53
  • Sunday, March 15, 1942 Sec1:67
  • Monday, March 16, 1942 Sec1:75
  • Wednesday, March 18, 1942 Sec1:79
  • Thursday, March 19, 1942 Sec1:97
  • Friday, March 20, 1942 Sec1:105
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