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TIMOR TODAY 28/09/99

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a) Protesters chant slogans during a rally in front of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta Monday, to protest Australia's role in leading U.N. peacekeeping forces into East Timor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

b) Australian Blackhawk helicopters deploy troops outside the East Timor town of Liquica Monday. (Pool/Reuters)

c) A resident of Liquica holding a resistance sticker, smiles as Australian soldiers roar down a hill on an Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) as the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) secures the town of Liquica and surroundings. (AP Photo/Maya Vidon, Pool)


1) Anti- Australian protests hit Indonesian cities 28/09/99 (AFP) JAKARTA - Australian flags were burned Monday in at least two Indonesian cities, while anti-Australian rallies took place in two other cities amid whipped-up resentment against Canberra’s role in East Timor, witnesses and reports said.

2) Fresh terror for displaced East Timorese in West Timor 28/09/99 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "We’ve heard reports of people being pulled out camps in Atambua in Beru district. Again we’ve heard reports of people being shot and chopped up into pieces. We’ve had reports of people just being killed or disappeared."

3) Cowardly Indonesian soldiers shoot seven clergy dead. 28/09/99 (AFP) LISBON - Seven members of the clergy were killed Sunday in East Timor by Indonesian soliders who attacked their car, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported Monday.

4) Jakarta’s abusive relationship with Timor 28/09/99 (Daily Telegraph) The peculiarly spiteful manner of their departure was revealing. This was not simply the scorched earth tactics of a defeated army. There was something personal about the destruction. It was like the tear-stained rage of a violent husband whose wife has walked out on him after one beating too many.

5) Australian troops secure town of tears 28/09/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) Hundreds of armed militia massing in the town fled when an Australian Army helicopter dropped leaflets three days ago warning people to stay away from all military equipment.

6) US addresses new warning to Indonesia 28/09/99 (The New York Times) "The government and armed forces of Indonesia should understand that what happens in West Timor and to East Timorese living elsewhere in Indonesia is as important to the United States as what happens in East Timor itself," Albright said at a news conference with the East Timorese leader, Jose Alexandre Gusmao.

7) UN rights commission votes to investigate Indonesian atrocities 28/09/99 (AFP) GENEVA - The UN human rights commission on Monday voted to set up an international enquiry into human rights abuses and atrocities committed in East Timor this month.

8) Indonesia: The national divide deepens 28/09/99 (Christian Science Monitor) JAKARTA: Indonesia’s campaign to win the allegiance of East Timor was in large part undermined by the use of force. Too much force.


9) INTERFET Australia is currently leading a multinational force, under the auspices of the United Nations, to restore peace in East Timor. The operation is known as "INTERFET". It is Australia’s most significant military undertaking since World War II.


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