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We Have Tired of Violence: A True Story of Murder, Memory, and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia

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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist

A chilling work of true crime about the midair murder of a human rights activist, set against a riveting political drama in the world’s fourth-largest nation

On a warm Jakarta night in September 2004, Munir said goodbye to his wife and friends at the airport. He was bound for the Netherlands to pursue a master’s degree in human rights. But Munir never reached Amsterdam alive. Before his plane touched down, the thirty-eight-year-old—one of the leading human rights activists of his generation—lay dead in the fourth row.

Munir’s daring investigation of the killings and abductions that occurred over three decades of authoritarian rule by the former president, Suharto, had earned him powerful enemies. Undeterred, Munir’s wife, Suciwati, and his close friend, Usman Hamid, launched their own investigation. They soon uncovered a conspiracy involving spies, a mysterious co-pilot, threats of violence and black magic, and deadly poison.

Drawing on interviews, courtroom observation, leaked documents, and police files, this book uncovers the dramatic murder plot and the titanic struggle to bring the perpetrators of Munir’s death to justice. Just as Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing did for Northern Ireland, We Have Tired of Violence tells the story of a shocking crime that serves as a window into a captivating land still struggling to shake off a terrible legacy.

ISBN-13: 9781620973813

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: New Press The

Publication Date: 06-07-2022

Pages: 288

Product Dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Matt Easton is a writer and a human rights researcher and advocate. The author of We Have Tired of Violence: A True Story of Murder, Memory, and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia (The New Press), he has lived and worked in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, India, and Zimbabwe and now resides in New York.

Table of Contents

People xi

Terms and Acronyms xv

Note on Sources and Translation xix

Prologue: A Red and Clouded Sky (2004) 1

1 Suciwati (1990s) 7

2 Munir (1990s) 17

3 But Don't You Wait (1998) 33

4 Usman (May 1998) 47

5 Reformasi! (1998-2001) 58

6 Reformasi Stalls (2001-2004) 75

7 The Red Thread (2004) 89

8 King of Poisons (2004) 103

9 Getting Garuda (2005) 115

10 Chasing BIN (2005) 132

11 The Pilot's Choice of Poison (2005) 146

12 I Will Not Only Hope (2006) 168

13 The Singer at the Airport Cafe (2007) 179

14 Spooks and Spirits (2007) 199

15 The Arrest (2008) 216

16 The General in His Courtroom (2008) 228

17 The Verdict (November 2008-January 2009) 253

18 The Aftermath (2009-2021) 268

Postscript 291

Acknowledgments 293

Notes 297