De tekst die de gemeente Hoorn zal plaatsen op de sokkel:
On May 30, 1619 JP Coen attacked Jayakarta, destroyed the city and gave a
new name: Batavia. It was the beginning of genocide on Banda Island,
slavery, slave trade, opium trade and the beginning of 'de gouden eeuw'
Not enough bringing death and misery during the colonial period until
March 9, 1942, after Indonesia proclaimed it's independence on August 17,
1945, the Netherlands (after suffering under German occupation and
Japanese internment) sent 150.000 soldiers to Indonesia to reinstall the
colonization, and committed massacres again. Now the whole world knows
about massacre in Rawagede, committed by the Dutch soldiers on December 9,
Not yet revealed was the massacre in South Sulawesi (especially in Galung
Lombok village), Kranggan (middle Java), the death train of Bondowoso etc.
I think it is time that the Dutch peoples and the Indonesian peoples
discuss about the 400 years common history, and the Dutch military
aggression in Indonesia 1945-1950. To do the 'people to people diplomacy',
because both governments, Indonesian and Dutch, are trying to cover the
black pages in the Dutch-Indonesian-history. Our young generations deserve
to know what really happened, and to do everything, so that it should
never happen again in the future.
The young generation in Indonesia is not seeking for revenge, but they
would like to know the truth.