The promise of independence for Indonesia is broadcast throughout the city of Jakarta, following a ceremony at Istana Gambir, or the Gambir Palace (later renamed the Merdeka Palace). Exterior of Gambir Palace in Jakarta Indonesia. Indonesian leader Sukarno, head of the Japanese-created Poesat Tenaga Rakjat (POETERA - Concentration of People's Power) emerges from a car, climbs steps, and enters the Gambir Palace. He stands together with other Indonesian officials. Imperial Japanese Army Lt-General Kumakichi Harada addresses the gathering and delivers news of Japanese Prime Minister Koiso's September 7, 1944 promise of future independence for Indonesia (the so-called Koiso Declaration). Large Japanese flag seen on the wall behind speakers. Sukarno approaches General Harada , bows and then speaks into a microphone. Scenes of jubilation in the streets of Jakarta as citizens hear the news that Japan has promised future independence for Indonesia (date undeclared). A man standing atop a truck announces the news over a megaphone. People stand near the truck, listen and cheer. A caravan of loaded trucks rolls slowly through a Jakarta neigborhood spreading the news about the promised independence. Citizens cheer and smile. People standing at a railway station and at stopped trains hear the news and cheer. Citizens including men, women, and many children wave to the passing caravan. Sign on side of truck includes words "Bangsa Indonesia diperkenankan merdeka" meaning "Indonesia allowed Independence". Clip is from a Japanese newsreel during World War 2, with Japanese narration.
Tanjung Priok Harbor, Jakarta, Indonesia. Men at dock. Small boats tied up at dock. Stationary ship in the background. The Netherlands Line Cargo-Passenger Ship "Rotti" arrives and is tied up by men handling lines. Several men disembark from the ship with luggage. A European woman and man disembark with luggage. Policemen watch travelers disembark. Another ship arrives into the harbor. A ship named "Kalimantan" arrives and ties up at the dock.
Wooden perahu cargo boats of various indigenous designs operating under sail close to wharf in Sunda Kelapa harbor, Jakarta, Indonesia. Crane unloads goods from ship at dock. Passengers undergoing customs inspections at the port.
The Afro-Asian conference opens in Indonesia. Traffic on the road. A sign reads 'SWRAHA' on a building. Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru arrives for the conference in Jakarta Indonesia and his party ascends the steps of Merdeka Palace. Dignitaries from Asia and Africa seated on table. They talk about how to promote Afro-Asian economic and cultural cooperation, and oppose colonialism or neocolonialism by the United States. Men in the background record the conference. A sign reads 'Indonesia' 'Birma' Sailan' on a table. A map of the Republic of Indonesia.
View of Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Traffic passing and Indonesia press club in background. Shows giant mural on front of the building. Russian-made vehicle parked in front of the press club.
Statue of President Sukarno in the center of the roundabout and Hotel Indonesia in background. Shows reflection of statue in pool and then the hotel.