Indonesian Military Celebrates 72nd Anniversary

A student holds a national flag during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the TNI in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday (05/10). (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

By : JG | on 5:27 PM October 06, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

The Indonesian Military, or TNI, celebrated its 72nd anniversary with a parade in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday (05/10), attended by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The start of the event, which included troops rappelling from helicopters and exercises involving amphibious vehicles, was delayed because the president's entourage got stuck in traffic and on a post on his official Facebook page, Jokowi said he decided to walk the last 2 kilometers.

The TNI enjoyed a powerful central role in politics and society for three decades under the authoritarian rule of former President Suharto.

Since the country transitioned to democracy in 1998, the TNI has formally withdrawn from political life but retains a strong position in society, and former generals remain prominent in politics.

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo inspects the forces during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the TNI in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo inspects the forces during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the TNI in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Soldiers shout slogans during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Soldiers shout slogans during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Soldiers cover their faces with camouflage paint ahead of the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Soldiers cover their faces with camouflage paint ahead of the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Students wave the national flag as they sit on top of an armored personnel carrier during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Students wave the national flag as they sit on top of an armored personnel carrier during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Members of Kopassus, the TNI's special forces, march during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Members of Kopassus, the TNI's special forces, march during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Amphibious vehicles jump into the sea as part of the celebrations at Cilegon in Banten. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Amphibious vehicles jump into the sea as part of the celebrations at Cilegon in Banten. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets of the Indonesian Air Force are seen during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets of the Indonesian Air Force are seen during the event. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Members of the Indonesian Air Force's aerobatic team perform during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Members of the Indonesian Air Force's aerobatic team perform during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Marines show off their skills during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Marines show off their skills during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)


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