This is Indonesia today, today is Independence Day! On this day in 1945, just a few days after the Japanese surrendered, the Declaration of Independence was read at 10 AM, and secretly broadcast over a hidden radio station:
PROKLAMASIKami, bangsa Indonesia, dengan ini menjatakan kemerdekaan Indonesia.
Hal-hal jang mengenai pemindahan kekoeasaan d.l.l., diselenggarakan dengan tjara saksama dan dalam tempo jang sesingkat-singkatnja.
Djakarta, hari 17 boelan 8 tahoen 05
Atas nama bangsa Indonesia,
WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF
INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND
OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTED BY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE
SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME.
DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945
IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA
After years of tyrannical colonization by the Dutch and other European powers and being invaded and occupied by the Japanese, the scattered people of this land of thousands of islands saw a path to Independence. The unification of this land of many cultures, languages and religions is a modern marvel. They even introduced a new language to unite the people. Bahasa is now the language of Indonesia.