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Subject: Solidamor release on abductions and killings in Barike
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 23:07:58 GMT

SOLIDAMOR Solidaritas untuk Penyelesaian Damai Timor Leste Solidarity for Peace in East Timor Jl. Pramuka Jaya Sari No. 9, Pramuka, Jakarta Pusat, 10570. Telp/Fax. 4224079, 422 6348 email :;



The political situation in East Timor, particularly in Manufahi district, is at present very tense because of a number of brutal actions taken by the armed forces, ABRI. On Friday, 13 November, ABRI arrested Vicente, the liurai in Taitudak, Alas, along with several young people and took them to Barike. According to information reaching us from the CNRT in Dili, all the five were killed in Barike.

ABRI also fired shots at the local pastor and catechist, damaged the local church and smashed statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ that were in the church. After the attack, the pastor and catechist fled and no one knows where they went.

On Sunday, 15 November, ABRI forces perpetrated more atrocities in Turin village and Taitaduk, Alas sub-district. Four young men were tortured by members of Battalion 744 and 745. Two had the palms of their hands pierced, they were stripped naked and dragged through the streets. The four are: Elvira (21), Secaltina (19), Marcal (25), dan Raimundo (24).

Another five young men have disappeared. Their names are: Eduardo Magelhans, Selcio Magelhans, Victor da Costa, Miguel da Costa, Jaime da Costa. The five were arrested by the security forces on suspicion of being supporters of Falintil, the armed forces of resistance.

According to news reaching us on Monday, 16 November, the situation in Same district is very tense because ABRI forces are hunting for a number of people who they suspect of being Falintil sympathisers.

Jakarta, 16 November 1998 SOLIDAMOR

Tri Agus S. Siswowihardjo Media Relation

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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