Proclamation of Indonesian Independence

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
Proclamation of Indonesian Independence  (1945) 
by Sukarno
The Indonesian Declaration of Independence was officially proclaimed at 10.00 am sharp on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the five-year diplomatic and armed resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia's independence in 1949.
— Excerpted from Indonesian Declaration of Independence on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Brothers and Sisters All!

I have asked you to be in attendance here in order to witness an event in our history of the utmost importance.

For decades we, the People of Indonesia, have struggled for the freedom of our country—even for hundreds of years!

There have been waves in our actions to win independence which rose, and there have been those that fell, but our spirit still was set in the direction of our ideals. Also during the Japanese period our efforts to achieve national independence never ceased. In this Japanese period it merely appeared that we leant upon them. But fundamentally, we still continued to build up our own powers, we still believed in our own strengths.

Now has come the moment when truly we take the fate of our actions and the fate of our country into our own hands. Only a nation bold enough to take its fate into its own hands will be able to stand in strength.

Therefore last night we had deliberations with prominent Indonesians from all over Indonesia. That deliberative gathering was unanimously of the opinion that NOW has come the time to declare our independence.

Brothers and Sisters:

Herewith we declare the solidarity of that determination.

Listen to our proclamation:

PROCLAMATION

WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF

INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTEDBY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE

SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME.


DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945


IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA


SOEKARNO—HATTA


So it is, Brothers and Sisters!

We are now already free!

There is not another single tie binding our country and our people!

As from this moment we build our state. A free state, the State of the Republic of Indonesia—evermore and eternally independent. Allah willing, God blesses and makes safe this independence of ours.

See also[edit]

This work is deemed not to be infringement of copyright in Indonesia since it is a:
  1. publication and/or reproduction of the symbol of the state and the national anthem in accordance with their original nature; or
  2. publication and/or reproduction of anything which is published by and/or behalf of the Government of Indonesia and the copyright is not declared to be reserved.

Copy, distribute and transmit the work
No Derivative Works This work still copyrighted. No modification allowed. Use original text only. See Article 14 Paragraph a and b of Copyright Act of Republic of Indonesia for more details.