Subject: KY: Hundreds attend funeral of murdered E. Timorese
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 1999 09:53:15 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <>

Kyodo News Service Japan Economic Newswire

August 2, 1999, Monday

Hundreds attend funeral of murdered E. Timorese

DILI, East Timor, Aug. 2 Kyodo

About 500 pro-independence East Timorese on Monday attended the funeral of a 24-year-old man shot dead by members of a pro-Indonesia militia Sunday.

The ceremony was held in the historic Santa Cruz public cemetery, the scene of a massacre of some 200 pro-independence residents by the Indonesian military on Nov. 12, 1991.

Angelino Amaral was shot dead Sunday morning by two masked gunmen near a United Nations regional office in the Balide area of Dili.

Indonesian police observed the funeral procession from a distance. Mourners dispersed peacefully.

'Militias are apparently expecting a retaliation (to the killing),' one resident said.

East Timor Police Spokesman Capt. Widodo said authorities are still looking for Angelino's killers.

As East Timor prepares for its Aug. 30 referendum on autonomy or independence, violence has escalated, raising concerns of the international community. The vote has already been postponed twice due to security considerations.

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