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As the pace of the demonstration quickened, keeping up with the leading group became increasingly difficult. The march was to pass Santa Cruz cemetery, prayers would be said for Sebastiao Gomes who had been killed by soldiers while hiding in the grounds of a church. Cemeteries and churches had become places of refuge for the young victims of nightly purges. The scene at the cemetery was building into a chaotic mass of people as thousands of demonstrators crowded at the gates and boys with banners scaled the high walls surrounding the graveyard shouting 'viva e liberdade!'

Steve Cox, Generations of Resistance: East Timor

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