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Indonesia cancels events marking mass killings

The Indonesian government on Friday forced the cancellation of events marking the 50th anniversary of mass killings, at a literary festival in Bali.

The government threatened organisers that the whole festival would be cancelled if they did not comply with the order.

Fifty years ago over 500,000 Indonesians were killed in a purge against the then-popular Communist Party, which had over 3 million members.

"The events related to 1965 were flagged by the authorities as something that could potentially cause our operating license to be revoked," an unnamed festival spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

See more about the mass killings here.