Independent Commission Report

The long awaited Independent Commission Report is out, not saying anything people did not know, apart from Mari Alkatiri might have know that Lobato was giving guns to civilians, also says Mari should not have ordered the troops out without discussing it with others – yea, like he had time – personally I think it is insane, if deserters are rampaging around Dili shooting and attacking people, attacking and burning property, seems reasonable to call the troops out especially when the police have run away. All western countries would be able to do this. Problem was Xanana called them back which is how Major Alfrado was able to inflict so much damage. Report recommends that investigations continue on whether Mari Alkatiri is culpable of a criminal act, and that Alfrado, who the ADF and Aussie police “apparently” do not know the whereabouts of should be arrested.

Xanana has got away with a slap on the hand, all the stuff that points to him working with Alfrado has been dismissed, the report says that he was divisive when he split east and west up but did not mean to cause this trouble. It also says he should have used proper channels, for example when he disagreed with Mari and Tau Matan Ruak (commander of the army) when they discharged the deserters. No recommendations for continued investigations into whether he was working with Alfrado. In the meantime Alfrado hunts freely with his Aussie. mates in some of the western distircts of East Timor. Report makes a small mention of Mari Alkatiri offering to take the deserters case to a tribunal and offering to pay there wages for a few months.

The report talks about the petitioners and friends shooting and attacking at the palace and then going to Tasi Tola and of a fight in Cormoro. No mention is made of the fact that petitioners and friends rampaged elsewhere in Dili, for example in Kia Coly, I know as Narciso house was attacked and we had to run from machete wielding thugs. Also not mentioned is that 2,000 people from all over Dili sought refugee in F-FDTL MP camp in Kia Coly and that many stayed, including myself stayed there for 5 days because the deserters were still causing problems.

Mari is the fall guy – oh well that’s a surprise – really unexpected that an UN report points the finger at him. The report is on the Internet if you want to read it fully. http://www.ohchr.org/english/

In the meantime in Loro Mata one house burnt last night and ADF continue harassment of the people living there, despite a conversation I had with ADF on Sunday when they said they had no idea that the people living in Loro Mata had been attacked so much – showed them all the houses that were burnt last week, said there was a rumour that Loro Mata would be completely burnt out by the end of October. They agreed that it looked like the houses were being burnt one by one – got some good photos of the destruction in Loro Mata and Comoro Market – and said they would try to stop people attacking. Different set of soldiers in this week who think stopping people attacking means searching people who live in the remaining houses in Loro Mata and have just come back from work, or are going to work – in other words people going about their lawful business.

In another case a friend, a teacher, was dismissed from her position because she was overheard speaking Fataluku on the telephone to her sister. The persecution of the Loro Sae people continues. (or of what Xanana has termed Loro Sae, again it is forgotten that eastern and western districts were all Loro Sae, West Timor is Loro Mono.

Lidia Tindle from Loro Mata, Dili lidia.tindle@googlemail.com

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