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April 3, 2008 So Angie Pires gave Alfredo the apple. She brought evil to
We watched as Susar, an admitted member of the party which attacked
President Ramos Horta, made his victory lap around Dili and gave a
press conference. He was received by the Prime Minister, by the head of
We watched Ramos Horta pardon the deceased Alfredo Reinado.
This after Angie Pires was arrested/questioned for suspicion of
conspiracy in relation to Alfredo’s attacks.
The Australian media initially covered this story quite fairly.
Explaining that Angie Pires grew up in the Timorese diaspora in Darwin,
never really finding direction, until she made it big when she moved
back to Timor and got work with the UN. (But then so did many other
Angie Pires was known for her indiscrete relationships with a number of
extremely powerful members of the political elite. I do not want to
rumor monger this is widely known information. She did not deny that
she had a liaison with Alfredo, nor that she was in contact with
Alfredo, nor that she visited him in Ermera the weekend prior than the
Recently, Ramos Horta, the man who pardoned Alfredo, labelled Angie
Pires tarada em todos os sentidos which I would translate as “perverted
in all senses.” Ramos Horta explained his analysis of the motives for
the attack to Pblico newspaper [my translation]
Information points to alcohol, drugs and his enormous irritation with
the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao for having advanced with a resolution
of the case of the petitioners and thinking that in the end I was in
sync with the Prime Minister’s wish to isolate the petitioners.
Influenced by a pervert (in all senses) of the name Angie Pires whom he
was in bed with, he decided to act against my person.
I am not saying Angie Pires’ behavior is defensible. It could have very
well been criminal. But the point is that there is a very cynical,
sexist attempt to heap the blame on her.
So the man who went to attack the President with attack rifles takes a
victory lap. And Angie Pires is impugned for her morality. After all,
she is an easy scapegoat: a light-skinned, diaspora Timorese who will
garner no sympathy in the mountains and among angry urban youth who
idolize Alfredo and are the key to future peace in Timor.
And after all, she came from Adam’s rib.