Aceh wants to raise separatist flag

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Provocative: Acehnese demonstrators wave banned separatist flags during a protest in Banda Aceh. Photo: AFP Nine years after a tsunami devastated the province of Aceh and drove its separatist chieftains to the negotiating table with Indonesia, rebel symbolism is back in vogue in the country’s westernmost province. A decision last month by Aceh’s year-old regional government to gazette the flag of the former separatist movement, GAM, as the official flag of the province has stirred up old animosities and posed questions about the future. The central government…

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