Published on : Monday, August 18, 2014
On August 17, 1945, Indonesia declared its independence from Netherlands. This declaration of independence was met with vehement opposition from the Dutch rulers, and was followed by four years of unrest and diplomatic meetings. Finally, in 1949,
the Dutch officially recognized the independence of Indonesia but it was not until 2005 that Dutch accepted August 17 1945, as Indonesia’s official date of independence.
Indonesian embassy officials and leaders of the community participated in the flag-raising ceremony at the chancery yesterday. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice-President Boediono led Indonesia’s 69th Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta on Sunday.
Preparations for the Independence Day began way in advance before August 17. There were decorations hung all throughout the city with the President’s palace buildings decorated in red and white. Groups of people arranged for community service activities where residential areas were cleaned up. The day is marked as a public holiday in Indonesia.