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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
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,
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)