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Peace Movement Aotearoa - Action This Week

1) WHAT'S ON - WELLINGTON, 7 SEPTEMBER 1999

PROTESTS RE EAST TIMOR :

* 12 noon - protest outside the Indonesian Embassy.

* 1pm - rally at parliament with Matt Robson, Phil Goff and other speakers.

Both organised by Caritas.

OTHER WGTN TODAY :

* Have Jails Done Their Time ? A public discussion on the usefulness or not of jailing people, chaired by Ian Johnstone, 7-30pm, at the Conference Hall, St John's in the City (cnr Willis and Dixon Sts), organised by the Restorative Justice Network and the Wellington Safer Community Council, contact WSCC, Martin Doyle on 801 3810.

2) WHAT'S ON - DUNEDIN - EAST TIMOR PROTEST TOMORROW

DUNEDIN East Timor Solidarity Action - Candle Light vigil and rally for East Timor, The Upper Octagon Wednesday 8th September, 5.30pm - 9.00pm. Please tell all your friends and networks.

3) WHAT'S ON - AUCKLAND - EAST TIMOR PROTESTS THIS WEEK

APEC Protests planned - no leadership from Shipley and McKinnon so the people must act to prevent renewed East Timor genocide.

The East Timor Independence Committee has planned demonstrations to take the message to Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas and to President Habibie.

* The first takes place on Wednesday 8 September at 12 noon and will take the form of a march down Queen St from the Trade Aid shop (177 Karangahape Rd.) The focus will be on the presence in Auckland of Ali Alatas, Indonesia's Foreign Minister.

* The second takes place on Saturday September 11 at 8 p.m - gathering point at the Ferry Terminal, downtown Auckland.

Aucklanders Outraged At Hosting Those Responsible For Timor Massacres

"Aucklanders are enraged that we are about to host the very people who are responsible for the massacres in East Timor and for the onset of one of the darkest times in East Timor's tragic history. I am fielding constant telephone calls from people who want to show their concern for the people of East Timor and their anger at the Government's lack of resolute action."

"It is outrageous that these killers will be wined and dined at our expense while the people of East Timor are fleeing the rampaging militia thugs and dying in their hundreds. For the Minister of Foreign Affairs to state that the subject of East Timor will be discussed only on the margins of the APEC Conference is nothing but an obscenity. Do the people of East Timor count for so little in his eyes?"

"We will continue to call on our Government to take a leadership role in these dark days and to ensure that the United Nations lives up to its charter and sends in an armed peacekeeping force - not in 3 months, not in 3 days but now, before more people are slaughtered."

"We also demand that our Government severe all military training ties to Indonesia and immediately send home the military personnel who are studying here now."

ENDS

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