Subject: East Timor press headlines/30April2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Monday 30 April 2001

1. Youths nab 5 robbery suspects 
2. Kirsty Sword Gusmao: “I am not afraid of stabbing” 
3. Bishop Belo: Blind politics if UN flag is lowered

1. Youths Nab 5 Robbery Suspects (Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page second lead)

The anti-violence youths have decided to act, in the wake of rising crime directed towards foreigners in Dili.

Last week, they nabbed five suspected robbers and handed them to CivPol for further investigations.

The five who were nabbed are believed to have stabbed and robbed Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the wife of CNRT President Xanana Gusmao. The incident happened in Hera last Tuesday.

Alexandrino da Costa, one of the anti-violence youths that nabbed the suspects told Suara Timor Lorosae on Thursday that one of the suspects had a sharp screw-driver on him.

Alexandro said his group were trailing the suspects when they saw them rob a drinks stall in Dili’s Fatu Hada suburb.

“We trailed their taxi for four hours. When they stopped at a stall to buy some food, we nabbed them,” he said.

Alexandrino said when they discovered a sharp screw-driver, they strongly suspected that this group was involved in the stabbing and robbing of Kirsty Gusmao. They then we handed over to CivPol.

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2. Kirsty Sword Gusmao: “I am Not Afraid Of The Stabbing” (Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page, third lead)

“As a woman I value my independence to travel by myself without any bodyguards. Till now I didn’t have doubts that my life would be threatened.”

Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the wife of CNRT President Xanana Gusmao said this in an interview with STL on Saturday in her residence at Audian subburb.

Kirsty said the incident that befell her had made people scared, particularly women ­ not only foreign women but also Timor Lorosae women.

She related the incident to STL:

“The incident happened at about 12:00 noon on Tuesday 24 April. Three youths in a blue taxi approached the Toyota Hilux she was driving. They demanded my car-keys but I refused. Then I was punched in the face.

I put up a fight and realized I was stabbed in the knee by a sharp object. My bag was then snatched and the three fled in the taxi.

Because my car-keys were taken away, I then decided to walk to the main road and try to get help. My baby, Alexander, was carried by my mother. My close friend, too, was walking with me.

The sun was hot and I thought I was going to faint because of the blood loss from my leg. Then I saw an NGO vehicle pass by. The NGO people stopped on seeing me and rushed me to the hospital.”

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3. Belo: “Blind Politics If UN Flag Is Lowered” (Timor Post, Front Page headline)

Bishop of the Dili diocese, Carlos Ximenes Belo, lashed out at parties calling for the lowering of the UN flag in Timor Lorosae.

“People who are calling for the UN flag to be lowered are blind politically. They better return to their villages and dig for roots to eat. If the UN was not here, we’d still be under Indonesia rule,” said Bishop Belo.

Bishop Belo said at this moment there were many political parties in Timor Lorosae. But they needed, he said, to give proper political education to their followers.

“They must know what’s best for the country and the people,” added Bishop Belo.

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