Japan’s occupation of Indonesia during the Second World War paved the way for its independence from the Dutch. On August 17, 1945, two days after Japan surrendered, Indonesia declared its independence. This year marks the 69th year of the Republic of Indonesia.
Flag-lined streets and patriotically trimmed buildings set the stage for Tembagapura’s extravagant, but solemn, ceremonies. Dignitaries from Jakarta and Papua joined the local community to commemorate the historic event. Consummately dressed in uniforms and Papuan batik, men and women assembled throughout the weekend to attend a series of formal ceremonies.
True to form, an inspiring flag raising ceremony was held 1.4 kilometers below ground at Deep MLZ. Employees ceremoniously stood at attention during the event, demonstrating a deeply rooted pride in their country and its history. The pictures below provide a unique and rare view of the underground, and its 69th Independence Day ceremony.