Red and white Indonesian flags have gone up outside nearly every home in Aceh province, from modern villas behind high fences to simple wood-plank dwellings on stilts nestled in the banana groves. It is a display of loyalty newly ordered by the government and enforced by fear. When Indonesian marines recently spied a home without a flag, they raided it. They discovered three men asleep and a stash of identity cards, raising suspicions that the occupants were in league with Acehnese separatists, according to a village chief. The marines shuttled the suspects among several villages to see if anyone would identify them. No one did. A little later, villagers heard several gunshots. Soon after, the village chief recounted, they found the men’s discarded bodies. Full Story
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