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Journalist/Activist Allan Nairn speaks on East Timor, Indonesia, ETAN, Occupy Wall Street and more

Allan Nairn at OccupyWall Street's ThinkTank. Photo by John M. Miller/ETAN

Allan Nairn's reporting has been crucial in exposing U.S. complicity with human rights and war crimes by Indonesia's security forces. He has forcefully urged that U.S. officials be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

Nairn spoke about the successful movement to support East Timor's self-determination and restrict U.S. military assistance to Indonesia  and its significance for Occupy Wall Street and today's global movements for justice.

On November 12, 1991, Nairn with Amy Goodman witnessed the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, the capitol of East Timor. Nairn was beaten and had his skull cracked. Their reports of the massacre inspired the founding of ETAN, and Nairn has served as a key advisor to ETAN and was a member of its Steering Committee. On January 5, Nairn spoke at an event organized by ETAN. On January 9, he spoke at an event organized by OccupyWallStreet Think Tank with support from ETAN.


Thursday, January 5, 2012, Allan spoke at the CUNY Graduate Center in an event organized by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). In a wide-ranging talk, he spoke about the impact of the November 12, 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, East Timor and of ETAN. He addressed lessons from organizing for East Timor's self-determination for the today's Occupy movement, as well a range of tactical and strategic questions about social change.

The videos posted here are missing some introductory and other material, but contain Allan's talk and his answers to audience questions. ETAN is working on getting another video of the talk which may be more complete, so check back. We also need someone to transcribe all or portion of the talk. If you can help, e-mail us.


Part 1 - Allan's Talk, 1 hr, 2 minutes Part 2 - Q and A, 59 minutes
Special thanks to Joe Friendly for the video.

Monday, January 9, Allan spoke at OccupyWallStreet about strategies for change, protest, and police violence. OWS ThinkTank facilitated the talk where Allan shared his experiences with violence and activism in East Timor, Indonesia, West Papua and elsewhere, after which the ThinkTank facilitated a discussion. (54 minutes)


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