Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review August 17, 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed.]

Friday, 17 August 2007

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National Media Reports

Xanana: Central committee of Fretilin destroys Fretilin

At the first meeting with the 13 district administrators on Tuesday (13/8) at STAE’s office in Dili the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão declared that the leaders of Central Committee of Fretilin (CCF) have destroyed the reputation of their party.

“I told Mr Alkatiri that CNRT has not destroyed Fretilin but rather it was created to save people,” revealed Mr. Gusmão. (TP)

Ramos Horta: If the new Government is illegal, take it to Court

After meeting with national and international investors on Thursday (16/8) in Memorial Hall in Dili the President José Ramos-Horta said Fretilin should take its concerns to Court if it believes the new Government is unconstitutional and illegal.

“In two weeks Fretilin has not brought the case to Court. There is no other mechanism, and the violence in the Eastern regions such Baucau, Viqueque and Lospalos will not solve the problem,” said Mr. Horta. (TP and TVTL)

Mario Viegas: “We should not arrest anyone through the allegation”

The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Viegas Carrascalão said that he does not support the arrest of Mari Alkatiri regarding the violence in the Eastern districts.

Speaking to journalist on Thursday at the national parliament Mr. Carrascalão revealed that a person should not be arrested without investigation.

“Before we detain somebody we should prove there is a cause and Mari Alkatiri should not be arrested on accusation only,” said Mr Carrascalão. (DN)

Xanana: “Youth’s blood never flow again”

The Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão has told the National Congress of Youth in Timor-Leste that young people’s blood will never flow again.

The Prime Minister also said that the youths’ parliament will be established by the government. (DN)

Arsenio Bano: “Xanana has no power, better to resign”

The Vice President of Fretilin Arsenio Paixão Bano said that if the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão can’t calm the situation, he should resign.

In a press statement on Thursday Mr Bano said that Fretilin only authorizes its members to participate in peaceful demonstrations over the formation of the new government. (DN)

Rogerio Lobato to stay in Malaysia for 3 months

The Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that Rogerio Lobato will stay in Malaysia for three months efore returning to Timor-Leste to fulfill his seven and a half years sentenced.

“They asked for three months for medical check,” the Prime Minister said. (DN)

Movement to boycotting the new government

Fretilin members involved in the organization Movimento Libertação Povo Maubere (MOLNAPON)/Liberation Movement of Maubere People have stated they will organize mass a boycott against the activities of the new government in the coming weeks.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday the PNTL Interim Commander, Inspector Afonso de Jesus confirmed that there will be a manifestation organized by MOLNAPON on 20 – 21 August in the capital, Dili (Municipal Stadium).

He said the protest has been licensed by the PNTL and UNPol.

He added that PNTL his calling on the protestors to cooperate with authorities to maintain law and order in the country.

“We want the protest to be calm and peaceful manner. He said the PNTL has made preparations against any person who may choose not to follow peaceful guidelines. (STL)

International Media Reports

East Timor: political violence leads to rapes at Catholic school

Dili, Aug. 16, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Catholic officials in East Timor have reacted with horror to the rape of several students in a Catholic school near Baucau.

The vicar general of the Baucau diocese, Father Francisco Pinheiro da Silva, charged that the rape of 9 girls was attributable to marauding members of the Fretilin party.

The diocesan spokesman told the UCAN news service that Fretilin supporters have mounted violent protests since being ousted from power in the newly independent state.

After June elections which left Fretilin short of a parliamentary majority, East Timor's President José Ramos-Horta asked a former president Xanana Gusmao, to form a coalition government. Angry Fretilin supporters took to the streets in protest, and violence has flared since the beginning of August.

Anti-ANZAC riots rock East Timor

Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 04:04 AM PDT Contributed by: WorkerFreedom Views: 58

Riots have broken out in East Timor's two largest cities, as opponents of new Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao confront Anzac police and soldiers. Gusmao's National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party won only 22% of the vote in last month's parliamentary elections, trailing behind its rival Fretilin. Gusmao has been able to take power this week because of the intervention of his close ally, President Jose Ramos-Horta, who invoked a clause in East Timor's constitution that gave him the power to decree a government.

Anti-ANZAC riots rock East Timor Scott Hamilton 09 Aug 2007

Riots have broken out in East Timor's two largest cities, as opponents of new Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao confront Anzac police and soldiers. Gusmao's National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party won only 22% of the vote in last month's parliamentary elections, trailing behind its rival Fretilin. Gusmao has been able to take power this week because of the intervention of his close ally, President Jose Ramos-Horta, who invoked a clause in East Timor's constitution that gave him the power to decree a government.

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Fretilin activists have been outraged by Horta's act, insisting that their party has the right to form an administration because it won the largest share of the vote and the largest number of seats in parliament. Fretilin leader and former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told the Sydney Morning Herald that 'People are really frustrated…they voted for Fretilin, expecting Fretilin to govern the country and suddenly with some kind of interpretation of the constitution, the second party was invited in'.

The riots began after protesters in the capital Dili and the eastern town of Baucau were confronted by Australian and New Zealand soldiers and police. Refusing orders to disperse, the protesters, who chanted 'Down with John Howard!' and held banners denouncing Horta as an Australian puppet, built barricades of burning tyres and threw rocks at police and soldiers. Australian troops opened fire after youths smashed the windows of their vehicle near the pro-Fretilin Comoro refugee camp on the outskirts of Dili. The camp has been a centre of anti-occupation protest since Australian troops shot and killed two of its residents on February the 22nd. The Australian embassy was targeted by rock throwers, and in Baucau a building associated with the UN was burnt down. Protesters attacked New Zealand army vehicles in both cities.

It is not surprising that protesters have chosen to express their anger at Gusmao's illegitimate government by attacking Anzac forces and property. For more than a year now, John Howard's administration has been flagrantly interfering in Timorese affairs on behalf of its close allies Gusmao and Horta. In the first half of 2006 Howard's government waged a campaign to destabilize the Fretilin-dominated government of Alkatiri by splitting the army and police forces, funding anti-secular demonstrations by the country's powerful Catholic Church, and spreading anti-Muslim and anti-communist smears against Alkatiri. The result was a wave of violence which was used to pressure Fretilin into agreeing to the deployment of an Anzac 'peacekeeping force' of soldiers and police.

Howard used the occupying force to secure Alkatiri's resignation, and to make Horta temporary Prime Minister in his place. In response, Horta lavishly praised Australian and American foreign policy and took a much more conciliatory attitude to plans to expand Australian exploitation of oil fields in the Timor Gap. But political and social stability proved hard to restore, and last February and March riots shook Dili in response to the killings of Timorese civilians by Anzac troops who had been deployed against Horta's enemies. During this year's Presidential and parliamentary elections, Anzac troops were often used to bully Fretilin opponents of Horta and Gusmao. When John Howard visited Dili at the end of July to give his support to a Gusmao government he was met by protesters demanding an end to the Anzac presence in their country. The new uprising in Dili and Baucau only proves how widespread opposition to the occupation has become.

Related http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/73474/index.php

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)

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