Top 11 Street Names & Indonesian Heroes – In every city, town and village in Indonesia, streets are named after Indonesian heroes who helped fight the Dutch. So, here are Top 11 Street Names and Indonesia Heroes:

1. Mohammad Husni Thamrin (1894–1941)
This hero was a nationalist leader and politician in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Sudirman (1916–50)
Between 1945 and 1950 General Sudirman led the resistance against the Dutch and was Indonesia’s first commander in chief.

3. Gajah Mada (d 1364)
Prime minister in the Javanese Majapahit kingdom in the 14th century, Gajah Mada was also a brilliant military commander. He helped defeat rebels who fought King Jayanegara (but later arranged the king’s murder because he took Gajah Mada’s wife!).

4. Gatot Subroto (1907–62)
This hero fought for Indonesian independence in the 1940s and helped quell communist rebels in 1948. He became military governor of Surakarta, then a general, and later helped found Indonesia’s national defence academy.

5. Mohammed Hatta (1902–80)
A Sumatran, Hatta was arrested in 1927 for promoting resistance against the Dutch. On 17 August 1945 he declared Indonesian independence with Soekarno and served as vice president and/or prime minister from 1945 to 1956.

6. Sisingamangaraja (1849–1907)
The last of a long line of Batak kings who had ruled since the 16th century; Sisingamangaraja’s ancestors were spiritual leaders, but he became a leader of the resistance against the Dutch, which cost him his life.

7. Wolter Monginsidi (1925–49)
During the revolution, the Dutch captured and shot 24-year-old Monginsidi who had inspired the youth of Sulawesi to fight the colonialists.

8. Yos Sudarso (1925–62)
A senior naval officer, Sudarso died when his ship was sunk by the Dutch during the ‘liberation’ of Irian Jaya (now Papua).

9. Pangeran Diponegoro (1785–1855)
This prince from Yogyakarta was a leader in the Java War (1825–30) against the Dutch.

10. Sutan Syahrir (1909–66)
Syahrir was a leading nationalist leader against the Dutch in Java in the 1930s. During WWII he refused to cooperate with the Japanese. He served as prime minister from 1945 to 1947 and led Indonesia’s delegation in negotiating independence from the Dutch.

11. Imam Bonjol (1772–1864)
An important West Sumatran Islamic leader, he inspired resistance against the Dutch in the Paderi War of 1821–38.

So, free to comment and add some of your favorite street names & Indonesian heroes finds.

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