Subject: Timorese party to hold anti-government protest
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
October 16, 2008
Timorese party to hold anti-government protest
Text of report by Portuguese TV on 16 October
[Presenter] Mari Alkatiri [leader of Fretilin, Revolutionary Front for
an Independent East Timor leader] has compared the illegitimacy of the
government led by Xanana Gusmao to the Indonesian occupation in Timor.
Fretilin is to hold a major demonstration with the aim of bringing down
[Reporter] Fretilin is going to say once again, loud and clear, that the
government is illegal. Alkatiri has promised a mega demonstration on the
streets of Dili - 50,000 people to say no to Xanana.
[Alkatiri, 12: 36:22] The objective of the march is clear: it is to once
again show that the current government does not have the legitimacy to
govern. The current government is unconstitutional. [12:36:41]
[Reporter] Fretilin is angry. Alkatiri speaks of illegal occupation,
just like the Indonesian occupation was illegal.
[Alkatiri, 12:36:50] When the Indonesians arrived here we did not go to
court to complain, we engaged in politics. The occupation was illegal.
[Reporter] In 2006 the crisis took to the streets. The Fretilin
government's opponents held demonstrations, protests which contributed
to the fall of the Alkatiri government. It could happen again, except
this time it will be Alkatiri leading the protest. Although Fretilin
obtained the most votes in the last elections, the president of the
republic [Jose Ramos Horta] chose to ask Xanana Gusmao to form a
government backed by a parliamentary alliance. According to Fretilin
this was illegal. Mari Alkatiri now wants to tell the Xanana Gusmao's
government enough is enough. Ramos Horta does not agree with the mega
[Ramos Horta, 12:37:40] It is serious. The government is legitimate and
internationally recognized - there is not a single world government
which does not recognize the fourth constitutional government.
Constitutionally I am the only person responsible and if there is
anything unconstitutional it is serious, and in any country in the world
if the president does something unconstitutional then he resigns. [12:
[Reporter] Ramos Horta takes responsibility for not choosing the most
voted party to form a government.
Source: RTP Internacional TV, Lisbon, in Portuguese 1200 gmt 16 Oct 08
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