Monthly Archives: August 2007

ADF role in violence and propaganda

Dear Maukita Gagita,

I am very sorry to tell you it is true, it was not propaganda launched by anyone. I was living in Timor Leste at the time, the ADF’s behaviour was disgraceful, they went into biaros all over Dili, making statements like this. I was constantly phoned for help because the ADF were causing problems for people who were known to support Fretilin. In fact I did a human rights report on the ADF. I also have accounts of them telling people in the eastern districts to change their alliance in 2006. – I’m not a Fretilin member just interested in the truth.

As to Lu-Olo and Alkatiri taking part in calling for international troops, when they were forced to send F-FDTL back to barracks by Xanana and the police had deserted, they had little choice but to agree to calling on outside help, which in my opinion was a grave mistake as Australia had been waiting on the horizon to get a foot back into Timor Leste.

Fact that the ADF did nothing to quell the violence, stood by and watched houses burning and watched attacks on people until there were many complaints on their behaviour, and the fact that the highest number of IDP’s are from the eastern region, which is perceived to be where Fretilin has the largest support, though of course it has members in many of the western districts speaks volumes. Some Fretilin supports from the western districts had there houses burnt as well.

Lidia Tindle

P.S.

Would you like a copy of the human rights report on the International troops?

—– Original Message —–
From: Maukita Gagita
To: Fretilin Media ; east-timor@lists.riseup.net
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:33 AM
Subject: Re: FRETILIN media release: ADF doorknocking campaign Timor-Leste style

I doubt about the below quotes:

“During the first weeks of the crisis in 2006
after their arrival, soldiers were heard to be
making statements like ‘Alkatiri no good. Gusmao
Good’, ‘L-7 no good. Gusmao good’ and ‘Taur Matan Ruak Fucking militia’.”

This is kind of propaganda that the leaders of Fretilin launches in districts in order to discredit ISF. Fretilin leaders even been dishonest to their militants by saying that ISF was ordered by Xanana Gusmao in 2006 to intervene and disarm F-FDTL, in fact Lu-Olo and Alkatiri was also took part when Timor-Leste called ISF for help. Poor people who are suppose to work to be able to eat has been mislead by politicians, such as Mr. Reis, Bano, Texeira, and Fernandes.

If Fretilin carry on doing this false propaganda, Timor-Leste will never live in peace, and that is what Fretilin wants.

Gagita.

Fretilin Media wrote:

FRENTE REVOLUCIONÁRIA DO TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENTE

FRETILIN

Media release
22 August 2007

ADF doorknocking campaign Timor-Leste style

Australian troops in the eastern districts of
Timor Leste are engaged in a doorknocking
campaign apparently aimed at intimidating
Fretilin supporters to switch their allegiance to
the new illegitimate government of Jose Alexandre Gusmao.

Fretilin today called for an independent
investigation into written statements by many
Timorese villagers testifying to political
interference by Australian troops in recent weeks.

FRETILIN Deputy Secretary General Jose Reis said,
“A joint investigation involving UNMIT and
FRETILIN into the conduct of the Australian
Defence Force is the only way to get to the truth
and for the ADF to hope to re-establish the
credibility it once had in Timor-Leste.

“FRETILIN is in the process of collecting written
statements from people complaining about the behaviour of Australian troops.

“Also, a reputable local news paper Tempo Semanal
today reported an incident involving Mr Fernando
Soares, a 35 year old farmer and a well known
Fretilin member in the village of Bucoli, Baucau district.”

Soares said that about 8pm on Thursday 16 August
a group of Australian soldiers accompanied by a
Timorese interpreter arrived at his home and
kicked on his door in order to get his attention.

A soldier who did not identify himself asked
through an interpreter: “Are you with FRETILIN or
with AMP?” (AMP is the informal coalition in
Parliament supporting the unconstitutional government of Jose Alexandre Gusmao)

Soares replied that he had been a long time
FRETILIN member and continued to be so. The
soldier then told him through the interpreter:
“You should support the government and CNRT and
influence these youths in your area to support the government and CNRT”.

Reis said, “Somewhat surprised and scared because
of the lateness of the night and having heard
some reports of action by the soldiers against
FRETILIN supporters, Mr Soares Fernando decided to say nothing further.

“The soldier and his companions left shortly after.”

Reis said that for over a year now FRETILIN has
been complaining about this type of questioning
by ADF in patrols in Timor-Leste.

“During the first weeks of the crisis in 2006
after their arrival, soldiers were heard to be
making statements like ‘Alkatiri no good. Gusmao
Good’, ‘L-7 no good. Gusmao good’ and ‘Taur Matan Ruak Fucking militia’.”

L-7 is the alias for Cornelius Gama, a veteran
resistance fighter from the district of Baucau in
the east of Timor-Leste. Taur Matan Ruak is the
army commander of F-FFTL, the East Timorese
national defence force, who is also from the district of Baucau.

Reis said “The behaviour of Australian troops is
unacceptable conduct for guests in our country
who have been requested to help to re-establish law and order.”

For further information: FRETILIN Media (+670)
733 5060 or fretilin.media@gmail.com

http://www.timortruth.com, http://www.fretilin-rdtl.blogspot.com

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ADF doorknocking campaign Timor-Leste style

FRETILIN

Media release
22 August 2007

Australian troops in the eastern districts of Timor Leste are engaged in a doorknocking campaign apparently aimed at intimidating Fretilin supporters to switch their allegiance to the new illegitimate government of Jose Alexandre Gusmao.

Fretilin today called for an independent investigation into written statements by many Timorese villagers testifying to political interference by Australian troops in recent weeks.

FRETILIN Deputy Secretary General Jose Reis said, “A joint investigation involving UNMIT and FRETILIN into the conduct of the Australian Defence Force is the only way to get to the truth and for the ADF to hope to re-establish the credibility it once had in Timor-Leste.

“FRETILIN is in the process of collecting written statements from people complaining about the behaviour of Australian troops.

“Also, a reputable local news paper Tempo Semanal today reported an incident involving Mr Fernando Soares, a 35 year old farmer and a well known Fretilin member in the village of Bucoli, Baucau district.”

Soares said that about 8pm on Thursday 16 August a group of Australian soldiers accompanied by a Timorese interpreter arrived at his home and kicked on his door in order to get his attention.

A soldier who did not identify himself asked through an interpreter: “Are you with FRETILIN or with AMP?” (AMP is the informal coalition in Parliament supporting the unconstitutional government of Jose Alexandre Gusmao)

Soares replied that he had been a long time FRETILIN member and continued to be so. The soldier then told him through the interpreter: “You should support the government and CNRT and influence these youths in your area to support the government and CNRT”.

Reis said, “Somewhat surprised and scared because of the lateness of the night and having heard some reports of action by the soldiers against FRETILIN supporters, Mr Soares Fernando decided to say nothing further.

“The soldier and his companions left shortly after.”

Reis said that for over a year now FRETILIN has been complaining about this type of questioning by ADF in patrols in Timor-Leste.

“During the first weeks of the crisis in 2006 after their arrival, soldiers were heard to be making statements like ‘Alkatiri no good. Gusmao Good’, ‘L-7 no good. Gusmao good’ and ‘Taur Matan Ruak Fucking militia’.”

L-7 is the alias for Cornelius Gama, a veteran resistance fighter from the district of Baucau in the east of Timor-Leste. Taur Matan Ruak is the army commander of F-FFTL, the East Timorese national defence force, who is also from the district of Baucau.

Reis said “The behaviour of Australian troops is unacceptable conduct for guests in our country who have been requested to help to re-establish law and order.”

For further information: FRETILIN Media (+670) 733 5060 or fretilin.media@gmail.com

http://www.timortruth.com, http://www.fretilin-rdtl.blogspot.com

Interview with D. Basílio do Nascimento

Translated from Portuguese by list member.

Rádio Renascença – 21-08-2007 – 7:57

By Anabela Góis

A week after the swearing in of the new Timorese government, the bishop of Baucau analyses the current situation of the country in an interview with Renascença.

There have been some moments of turmoil following the legislative elections in Timor-Leste and in particular, in the aftermath of the decision by the President of the Republic, Ramos-Horat, to appoint (on the 8th) the alliance of parties led by Xanana Gusmão.

D. Basílio do Nascimento who remained in his diocese during some of the most complicated moments said that calm has returned to his country, but notes that Baucau continues to have strong police presence led by the GNR, which comes under the UN’s mission in Timor-Leste.

In his opinion, it was important that the security forces remained and that good senses prevailed.

As to the affected population, D. Basílio refers to the Government which has already sent assistance to the displaced people and has promised to rebuild houses which were destroyed during the disturbances.

The most recent incident occurred in the diocese of Baucau. The Bishop explained that it was all provoked by Australian military forces working for the UN, who decided to play with a FRETILIN flag, ending up inciting the discontent which had already calmed.

Remembering other more difficult times – the attack on the Báguía orphanage – D. Basílio do Nascimento said that there were so many versions of the story that he decided to listen to the local priest in order to find out what in fact took place. The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday.

At the moment however the situation is calm in the country. In his opinion it shows that there is a mixture of good senses and a show of who is charge (in the case of the security forces who have not sided with FRETILIN as some people suspected). Whereas to the new government, D. Basílio said that it is still too early to make any judgment.

“In politics, as in everything, it’s like a melon: we only know that it’s ripe after we have cracked it. I would say that only after the first 100 days will we have an idea of how good this government is. For now there is a benefit of the doubt and a lot of expectations,” he said.

Australian troops provoke more unrest in Timor Leste

FRENTE REVOLUCIONÁRIA DO TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENTE

FRETILIN

Media release
20 August 2007

Australian troops provoke more unrest in Timor Leste

Australian troops in Timor Leste have inflamed an already volatile
situation by tearing up FRETILIN flags and wiping their backsides with
it, FRETILIN Vice President and MP Arsenio Bano said today.

“The trashing of FRETILIN flags is yet another demonstration of the
partisan nature of the Howard government’s military intervention in
Timor Leste,” Bano said.

He said the incidents occurred in the eastern part of the country on
18 August, at two separate locations – Suco (administrative region)
Walili on the road between Baucau and Viqueque and in the village of
Alala in Viqueque district – where villagers had raised the FRETILIN
flag in protest against the unconstitutional government of Jose
Alexandre Gusmao.

“At Walili two Australian military vehicles full of soldiers tore up a
FRETILIN flag which had been raised at the roadside, wiped their
backsides with it and drove off with the flag. The stolen flag was
returned by an Australian army captain later that day.

“In Alala village Australian troops tried to sever a FRETILIN flag
from its rope and then drove over it.

“We condemn these extremely provocative actions which have inflamed an
already volatile situation. The FRETILIN flag has enormous symbolic
and emotional value to the people of Timor-Leste which extends beyond
FRETILIN’s members and supporters.

“Tens of thousands of people died fighting under this flag during the
struggle for independence, including family members of the people who
witnessed its trashing on Saturday.

“The Australian soldiers have insulted our martyrs and the entire East
Timorese people. Their cultural insensitivity and arrogance typifies
Australian military operations in the Pacific region.”

Bano said the incidents could not be excused as the actions of
misguided individual soldiers.

“The soldiers take their cue from their officers who understand the
true objectives of the Howard government’s partisan intervention in
Timor-Leste, which has had one overriding aim – the removal of the
democratically elected FRETILIN government and its replacement with
the illegitimate government of Jose Alexandre Gusmao.”

For more information, please contact:

Arsenio Bano (+670) 733 9416, FRETILIN Media (+670) 733 5060 or
fretilin.media@gmail.com

Statement by Fretilin

STATEMENT TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT BY ANICETO LONGUINHOS GUTERRES LOPES, LEADER OF FRETILIN BENCH IN PARLIAMENT ON 13 AUGUST 2007

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste:

The FRETILIN parliamentary bench attends today’s plenary session to make its voice become heard against the campaign of defamation currently being waged against it.

FRETILIN is watching with concern the unrolling of yet another orchestrated campaign to disseminate rumors and innuendoes similar to those we saw during the crisis that emerged in April 2006 and which resulted in the International Commission of Inquiry.

At the time, it was being said that the F-FDTL had committed a massacre at Taci-Tolu, which was bigger than the Santa Cruz Massacre. Some even spoke of in excess of 100 dead, others of having “counted” at least 66 dead.

The petitioners were feeling terrorized because they were made to believe that the F-FDTL had received orders to eliminate them, one by one.

The command of the F-FDTL, in particular General Ruak, Colonel Lere Anan Timur and Lieutenant Colonel Falur Rate Laek were represented as “mass murderers” or in other words authors of genocide.

The FRETILIN bench watches with concern the unrolling of Machiavellian maneuverings with tendencies to provoke violence to justify violence and open up the path towards the installation of a dictatorial regime where dissenting voices are silenced, where the mindset of “Whoever is not with me is against me” reigns, a mindset which at all costs seeks out enemies to defeat, seeks out those who are unwilling to become subservient, those who do not share the same vision of power.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste:

In the first statement of the FRETILIN Parliamentary Bench we affirmed:

” We are going to descend to the grassroots to explain to the electorate our position, because it is our obligation to do so. We are going to inform them why we did not form government and are in opposition.

When we gather with the electorate we will explain that right now what is demanded of us all is serenity and calmness, it is demanded of us that we use only the available legal means, demonstrating a stately posture and respect for democracy and the law, as has always characterized FRETILIN.”

In concluding our said statement, the FRETILIN Bench affirmed and we cite:

“We seek your support, to instruct your parties’ members to abstain from engaging in provocation and to demonstrate considerateness for human dignity, in spite of divergent political positions.

We appeal to all our people that they remain calm so as that we are able to guarantee stability and so that we can develop our country that we all love and for which many have given their lives and undergone sacrifices.”

And it is this that the FRETILIN’s deputies are doing right now. They have descended to the grassroots and have started to explain the reasons why despite having won the elections, we did not form government. We have gone to explain why the party that won the elections but is a minority in parliament has not formed government, and why those who lost the elections, but who together have a majority in parliament will govern the country.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

We wish for all to understand that although for some this is easy to understand, because in fact it is in their direct benefit, for tens of thousands of Timorese citizens, this is complicated for them to understand and accept. Because of this we have taken on the responsibility of explaining the complexity of the situation to our constituents and the community at large.

But, YET AGAIN we have been misrepresented!

When we were in the district of Bobonaro engaging in this explanatory process, members of the self-titled AMP defamed FRETILIN accusing us of committing crimes such as stoning cars, arson of public buildings, in Dili, Baucau, Lospalos, Viqueque and Oecussi.

Members of the so-called AMP accused FRETILIN of descending to the grassroots to create anarchy and foment violence, to divide the people.

They urged the PNTL, UNPOL and FSI to act firmly against those who committed crimes, insinuating that FRETILIN was behind these incidents, as can be seen from the written statement they distributed and propagandized at the Maliana marketplace on Saturday which we annex hereto, and to which we request Illustrious Deputies turn their attention.

The said statement is on all objective grounds defamatory and our bench wishes it to be known, that in fact today we have presented a criminal complaint against the authors of the statement, there being sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed pursuant to section 311 of the applicable Criminal Code.

The complaint has been lodged against the signatories of the statement:

Jacinto Viegas Vicente, also known as Roke, president of CNRT in Bobonaro;
Salomao da Cruz, president of ASDT in Bobonaro;
Amilcar de Sousa Tavares, president of PSD in Bobonaro;
Adriano Joao, president of PD in Bobonaro and spokesperson for the “AMP” in Bobonaro.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste!

The FRETILIN bench is alert to the rumors and innuendoes that are presently, as previously, being disseminated by people of bad character. They say that FRETILIN has already killed a member of the GNR over there, of having burnt ten UNPOL vehicles. They are disseminating the rumor that FRETILIN is bringing in weapons through the border and preparing itself for an armed insurrection to take over power, that FRETILIN raped children of less than eight years of age.

And, as with the “Taci-Tolu Massacre”, which never occurred, some of these rumors are already circulating overseas, as if they were fact.

People of Timor-Leste!
NOTHING IS MORE FALSE!

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

FRETILIN through its Parliamentary Bench, in this Magnificent House, appeals to the good offices of the President of the Republic, singular body of sovereignty, with full democratic legitimacy, to guarantee that independent, serious and professional investigations are undertaken into all criminal acts and conduct that took place in Dili, particularly the arson on the Customs Office Building and other serious incidents such as the alleged rapes at a “convent?” in Baucau, as well as the arson to more than 250 houses in the Uatolari area, district of Viqueque and other areas such as Oecussi.

The FRETILIN Bench demands that the truth be restored and the criminals are made responsible, without exception.

FRETILIN is fearful that the methods utilized by the KOPASSUS in our sad past, are being utilized now, in that its agents committed crimes that later they blamed on their enemy in order to justify the repressive and brutal manner in which they acted.

Our people deserve to live in peacefulness and we should avoid entering into pacts with hooligans and criminals.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

Lets we all guarantee that democracy is not placed in jeopardy in our country, by anyone!

Long Live National Unity!
Long Live Democracy!
Long Live and Independent Timor-Leste!

By the FRETILIN Bench

_________________________________
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes
FRETILIN Parliamentary Leader

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Recent history forgotten again

Once again Fretilin seems to be the only party behaving responsibly. During the violence of 2006 Fretilin tried to defuse the violence, other parties and unfortunately the Catholic church seemed happier whipping up media madness against Alkatiri, the Fretilin Party and its supporters, Alkatiri even resigning to avert a civil war, whilst other leaders seemed happier playing power games with peoples lives.

It was Fretilin supporters, both from the eastern and western regions of Timor Leste who were responsible for the rebirth of GPACC, going into villages despite threats of violence from opposition and I believe paid militia, calming and supporting frightened citizens, who knew not who to blame for their homes and their very lives being threatened. I am certain that the friends who worked in GPACC will still be working for the good of Timor Leste, I worked alongside them for 7 months whilst living in Timor Leste, so I know their level of commitment.

Others groups did eventually follow GPACC’s good example and set up similar groups, it is to be hoped they are continuing with peaceful work.

I am certain that history will show that Alkatiri is correct when he says Fretilin members may not be responsible for the unrest since the election, indeed friends, who support Fretilin, tell me they continue to be harassed and threatened with violence by gangs supporting the Alliance of the Parliamentary Majority (AMP) parties. Only a fool would say that if your home and family are threatened by the mob you do not have the right to defend.

Lidia
Tyneside East Timor Solidarity

lidia.tindle@googlemail.com

STATEMENT TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT BY ANICETO LONGUINHOS GUTERR

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste:

The FRETILIN parliamentary bench attends today’s plenary session to make its voice become heard against the campaign of defamation currently being waged against it.

FRETILIN is watching with concern the unrolling of yet another orchestrated campaign to disseminate rumors and innuendoes similar to those we saw during the crisis that emerged in April 2006 and which resulted in the International Commission of Inquiry.

At the time, it was being said that the F-FDTL had committed a massacre at Taci-Tolu, which was bigger than the Santa Cruz Massacre. Some even spoke of in excess of 100 dead, others of having “counted” at least 66 dead.

The petitioners were feeling terrorized because they were made to believe that the F-FDTL had received orders to eliminate them, one by one.

The command of the F-FDTL, in particular General Ruak, Colonel Lere Anan Timur and Lieutenant Colonel Falur Rate Laek were represented as “mass murderers” or in other words authors of genocide.

The FRETILIN bench watches with concern the unrolling of Machiavellian maneuverings with tendencies to provoke violence to justify violence and open up the path towards the installation of a dictatorial regime where dissenting voices are silenced, where the mindset of “Whoever is not with me is against me” reigns, a mindset which at all costs seeks out enemies to defeat, seeks out those who are unwilling to become subservient, those who do not share the same vision of power.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste:

In the first statement of the FRETILIN Parliamentary Bench we affirmed:

” We are going to descend to the grassroots to explain to the electorate our position, because it is our obligation to do so. We are going to inform them why we did not form government and are in opposition.

When we gather with the electorate we will explain that right now what is demanded of us all is serenity and calmness, it is demanded of us that we use only the available legal means, demonstrating a stately posture and respect for democracy and the law, as has always characterized FRETILIN.”

In concluding our said statement, the FRETILIN Bench affirmed and we cite:

“We seek your support, to instruct your parties’ members to abstain from engaging in provocation and to demonstrate considerateness for human dignity, in spite of divergent political positions.

We appeal to all our people that they remain calm so as that we are able to guarantee stability and so that we can develop our country that we all love and for which many have given their lives and undergone sacrifices.”

And it is this that the FRETILIN’s deputies are doing right now. They have descended to the grassroots and have started to explain the reasons why despite having won the elections, we did not form government. We have gone to explain why the party that won the elections but is a minority in parliament has not formed government, and why those who lost the elections, but who together have a majority in parliament will govern the country.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

We wish for all to understand that although for some this is easy to understand, because in fact it is in their direct benefit, for tens of thousands of Timorese citizens, this is complicated for them to understand and accept. Because of this we have taken on the responsibility of explaining the complexity of the situation to our constituents and the community at large.

But, YET AGAIN we have been misrepresented!

When we were in the district of Bobonaro engaging in this explanatory process, members of the self-titled AMP defamed FRETILIN accusing us of committing crimes such as stoning cars, arson of public buildings, in Dili, Baucau, Lospalos, Viqueque and Oecussi.

Members of the so-called AMP accused FRETILIN of descending to the grassroots to create anarchy and foment violence, to divide the people.

They urged the PNTL, UNPOL and FSI to act firmly against those who committed crimes, insinuating that FRETILIN was behind these incidents, as can be seen from the written statement they distributed and propagandized at the Maliana marketplace on Saturday which we annex hereto, and to which we request Illustrious Deputies turn their attention.

The said statement is on all objective grounds defamatory and our bench wishes it to be known, that in fact today we have presented a criminal complaint against the authors of the statement, there being sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed pursuant to section 311 of the applicable Criminal Code.

The complaint has been lodged against the signatories of the statement:

Jacinto Viegas Vicente, also known as Roke, president of CNRT in Bobonaro;
Salomao da Cruz, president of ASDT in Bobonaro;
Amilcar de Sousa Tavares, president of PSD in Bobonaro;
Adriano Joao, president of PD in Bobonaro and spokesperson for the “AMP” in Bobonaro.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies,
People of Timor-Leste!

The FRETILIN bench is alert to the rumors and innuendoes that are presently, as previously, being disseminated by people of bad character. They say that FRETILIN has already killed a member of the GNR over there, of having burnt ten UNPOL vehicles. They are disseminating the rumor that FRETILIN is bringing in weapons through the border and preparing itself for an armed insurrection to take over power, that FRETILIN raped children of less than eight years of age.

And, as with the “Taci-Tolu Massacre”, which never occurred, some of these rumors are already circulating overseas, as if they were fact.

People of Timor-Leste!
NOTHING IS MORE FALSE!

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

FRETILIN through its Parliamentary Bench, in this Magnificent House, appeals to the good offices of the President of the Republic, singular body of sovereignty, with full democratic legitimacy, to guarantee that independent, serious and professional investigations are undertaken into all criminal acts and conduct that took place in Dili, particularly the arson on the Customs Office Building and other serious incidents such as the alleged rapes at a “convent?” in Baucau, as well as the arson to more than 250 houses in the Uatolari area, district of Viqueque and other areas such as Oecussi.

The FRETILIN Bench demands that the truth be restored and the criminals are made responsible, without exception.

FRETILIN is fearful that the methods utilized by the KOPASSUS in our sad past, are being utilized now, in that its agents committed crimes that later they blamed on their enemy in order to justify the repressive and brutal manner in which they acted.

Our people deserve to live in peacefulness and we should avoid entering into pacts with hooligans and criminals.

Mr. President of the National Parliament, Excellency,
Illustrious Deputies:

Lets we all guarantee that democracy is not placed in jeopardy in our country, by anyone!

Long Live National Unity!
Long Live Democracy!
Long Live and Independent Timor-Leste!

By the FRETILIN Bench

(signed)
_________________________________
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes
FRETILIN Parliamentary Leader