etmnlong.gif (2291 bytes) spacer Emergency NYC Demonstration Tell Indonesia to Stop the Paramilitary Violence Now

Demonstrate Wednesday, April 21, 1999 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Indonesian Mission to the United Nations 38th St, between 1st and 2nd Ave. Manhattan, NYC

On Saturday, paramilitaries backed by the Indonesian military begun attacking civilians throughout Dili, East Timor's capital. According to reports from sources inside the occupied territory, militias are operating from a death list of 270 names, including many well-known pro-independence activists.

The BBC reported that "witnesses said about 1,000 paramilitaries went on the rampage in the capital Dili, opening fire on the houses of pro-independence activists and torching cars and buildings." A group of over 130 refugees camped in the yard of a pro-independence leader were attacked, and at least 13 killed. Current reports indicate that the marauding death squads are stepping up their attacks.

On Wednesday, April 21, U.N. sponsored talks on the future of East Timor resume. We want to send the strongest possible message to Indonesia that its actions are what count. It must act now to disarm and disband the paramilitaries, withdraw its troops and allow a permanent United Nations presence into East Timor to prevent further atrocities and guarantee a fair and democratic vote by the East Timorese.

See you April 21!


See online stories:
Indonesia says it accepts blame for bloodbath in East Timor CNN
Angry mobs wreak havoc on East Timor streets CNN
Jakarta Condemns East Timor Militia Rampage Yahoo/Reuters