Sunday, May 01, 2005

Surakarta Showdown !


The dispute within the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace in Surakarta took a new twist on Monday when supporters of a rival prince broke into the palace complex claiming that they had come to save the palace's sacred relics and dignity.

Flanked by hundreds of his supporters, His Highness Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Haryo Tedjowulan demanded to meet his brother, His Highness Hangabehi.

"I want to see my brother, without other relatives' involvement. I want to see him alone," Tedjowulan said in Kori Kamandungan, the palace's main gate.

Warriors hot on heels!

3 comments:

Raja Muda Kuno said...

3.100 people from the circles of people around Susuhunan Paku Buwono XIII/Hangabehi get end august honourary-titles.
Oppostion people say to gather support for his dignity.Or other things they say.Maybe this monarch has the most good support for his dignity.I hope,that his rival and brother Prince Tedjowoelan will get in the future a good postion and that peace will be back again for long(for ever?).

Blontank Poer said...

Surakarta Palace succession conflict heats up
The dispute within the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace in Surakarta took a new twist on Monday when supporters of a rival prince broke into the palace complex claiming that they had come to save the palace's sacred relics and dignity.

Flanked by hundreds of his supporters, His Highness Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Haryo Tedjowulan demanded to meet his brother, His Highness Hangabehi.

"I want to see my brother, without other relatives' involvement. I want to see him alone," Tedjowulan said in Kori Kamandungan, the palace's main gate.

The conflict was triggered because the former Surakarta Sultan, Pakoeboewono XII, who died on June 11 last year, did not name a successor. This immediately pitted two rival princes -- Hangabehi and Tedjowulan -- against each other, with each claiming to be Pakubuwono XIII, the rightful head of the princely house.

As things stand at the moment, Tedjowulan lives outside the palace but has possession of the keys to the palace's treasure room, which contains the royal heirlooms, while the palace is occupied by Hangabehi, who ostensibly does not have access to the treasure room.

Tedjowulan's move took Hangebehi's supporters by surprise as they were preparing for a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of Hangabehi's rule on Tuesday.

Hangabehi's spokesman, Satryo Hadinagoro, said the ceremony would go ahead as planned and at least 1,500 people had been invited to the event. "Most of those invited are those who will receive noble titles," he said.

From noon the palace was heavily guarded by police personnel and around 100 Hangabehi's supporters, who were no match for hundreds of Tedjowulan's supporters who pushed down fences outside the palace's main gate.

"We want the conflict to be resolved before such a ceremony is held," said Soeryo Wicaksono, a prince on Tedjowulan's side.

An hour before the clash, scores of Baluwarti residents -- mostly the palace's abdi dalem (royal servants) -- staged a protest urging the two princes to resolve the conflict. "We're distressed by the palace's family conflict," said Joko, a resident. (JP/Blontank Poer)

Raja Muda Kuno said...

The palace is on 2-9 still guarded by the police.
Maybe Prince Tedjowoelan has more visible earlier interest in the imperial culture of Surakarta and Prince Hangabehi;the in general most supported Susuhunan Paku Buwono XIII(in secret even by the Indonesian KIngs,who gave him the official paper to be the host of the Indonesian National Royal Festival in 2006)seems to have only general interest in the culture of his forefathers,but also he has a fatherlike-king radiation,which has a result a very big respect for him.He can talk with comkon people like a father,but also can act like a king.That is how a KIng(c.q. Emperor=Susuhunan)should be like.
The side of Prince Tedjowoelan has something fanatic in their face.To mobilise the masses doesn't mean,you have more right to be the Emperor.It is understandable,that a good preserver of the Royal traditions is important to be in the qualities of an Emperor,but to give your heart to the Widsom and maybe not to the emotions is also a good day in an Emperor.
A nice dream would be,that the Imperial brothers of Suarakrta would find the wisdom to meet each other philosophically again.
Emperors,Kings and Rajas are always an example for the people.
I am sure,that finally they will find each other again and not stand both on 1 hill and trying to conquer each other.To find a resolution to reconsilitaion is the true spirit of the Javanese traditional values.
May the Loving God blesses them in this not easy process.