Pieter Erberveld is a noted figure that sentenced to death by the VOC in 1721 because he led a revolt against the VOC. Based on VOC version, Elberfeld conspired with Banten officials in Batavia to kill the Dutch at a celebration party. Assassination plot was leaked because a slaves reported his planed to the VOC. He was sentenced to death along with Kartadriya and 17 other indigenous people on the South Lawn Fort of Batavia, not on the City Hall park. Executions described very sadistic, done by pulling both hands and feet, each tied to a horse. As a result, his body cut off. This is done by VOC to provide a deterrent effect to the population, so they no longer even try to take the fight against the VOC. However, another version says that the conflict arose because the injustice act by Batavian government confiscated hundreds of acres of his property by a reason that his land does not have a permit issued by the authorities. Pieter Resistance got sympathy from the native and he managed to establish contact with some nobility in the Sultanate of Banten. An official report issued by the colonial intelligence said Pieter Erberverld with support from the Sultanate of Banten (Raden Kartadirya) and a young man named Layek Sumbawa has planned a major revolt against the Dutch authorities in Batavia. He plans to kill all Dutch citizens in Batavia on December 31, 1721, just in time for a party or New Year’s Eve 1722.
VOC then sent Reeyke Heere (VOC Commissioner for native affairs) to arrests Pieter along with his accomplice (including Raden Kartadirya & Layeek). He was imprisoned and forced to admit the rebellion plan. Pieter approximately stayed for four months in jail. Before he and his group were sentenced to death on 22 April 1722 on the orders of Collage van Heemradeen Schepenen (Council of State Officials). The death penalty is usually imposed by the VOC at the time was to behead victims or hang it before the Stadhuis Park, but the death penalty against Pieter done by each hand and feet tied to four horses were driven to the four corners of the wind in the opposite off and fragmented
As a warning to people not to follow Pieter Erberveld, the colonial government cut the head Pieter Erberlveld and stuck on a pike. The head may be left hanging without being touched. While the former area where massacre took place, the government built memorial comes with a stone wall and a statue of a spear impaled skulls on it. At the monument emblazoned 9 lines of text which is equipped with a Dutch translation of ancient Javanese script. Roughly it states: “As a memento that disgusted at the ignorance of the state who has been convicted Pieter Erberveld. Forbidden to build houses, built with wood, brick laying and planting anything in this place now and for ever. Batavia, 14 April 1722,”
When the Japanese arrival in 1942, the monument was destroyed but the inscriptions can be salvaged and rebuilt replica of the monument in 1985 and was later transferred to the Museum of Incription Park. Now the area where the Peiter sentenced to death now known as Kampung Pecah Kulit or Pecah Kulit Kampong, presumably because Elberfeld skin peeling due punishment. Now, you may see a a busy traditional market calles the Pasar Pecah Kulit
How to get here (see the route map)
From Tanah Abang go to platform 3/5 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Bogor and transit in Manggarai. Move to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Jayakarta Station and take a 5 minutes walk to the northwest
From Sudirman go to go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Bogor and transit in Manggarai. Move to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Jayakarta Station and take a 5 minutes walk to the northwest
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