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Subject: LUSA: CNRT rep attacked in Dili
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 07:28:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

13 OUT 98 - 11:29 East Timor/Macau: Co-ordinator of National Timorese Resistance Council attacked in Dili

Macau, Oct. 13 (Lusa) - The co-ordinator of the National Timorese Resistance Council, Leandro Isaac, was attacked by persons unknown during a street rally by tens of thousands in Dili on Monday.

A source of the National Timorese Resistance Council (CNRT) told LUSA in Macau by telephone from Dili that Isaac had sustained minor head injuries in the attack.

Isaac has been co-ordinator of the CNRT since last Thursday. He organised three days of demonstrations against pro-Indonesian governor Abilio Osorio Soares, which ended on Monday. The demonstrations were directed against the governor's decision last week to seek the resignation of all civil servants failing to support Jakarta's limited autonomy proposal for the occupied territory.

The protesters have demanded Soares immediate resignation, accusing him of corruption and nepotism. The protests between last Saturday and Monday were also meant to show public anger at large-scale Indonesian military offensive against pro-independence FALINTIL freedom fighters. FALINTIL is the armed wing of the East Timorese resistance to the Indonesian occupation forces.-Lusa nnnn

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For more information on Parliamentarians for East Timor, Please Contact: Sharon Scharfe, International Secretariat, PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR EAST TIMOR Suite 116, 5929-L Jeanne D'Arc Blvd., Orleans, ON K1C 7K2 CANADA Fax: 1-613-834-2021 E-Mail: pet@web.net

"... where there are profits to be defended, law, justice, freedom, democracy and peace are the victims." -- Xanana Gusmao, Jailed Leader of East Timor in Preface to "Complicity: Human Rights and Canadian Foreign Policy -- the Case of East Timor" (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1996).

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