Monday, April 14, 2008
Home Exorcised as Ramos-Horta Prepares to Return
Lindsay Murdoch in Dili
THE house where East Timor's President, Jose Ramos-Horta, was shot
and seriously wounded has been cleansed of evil spirits in a
centuries-old Timorese ritual before his return to Dili this week.
Mr Ramos-Horta's relatives held the ritual after he decided to defy
security advice and return to the thatched-roof house he built on a
hill overlooking Dili harbour.
The ritual, which involved killing a chicken, allowed the spirit of
the rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado, to leave peacefully. Reinado was
killed during attacks on the house on February 11.
Security officials strongly advised Mr Ramos-Horta not to return to
live in the house, which is in an isolated area. But he insisted,
reluctantly agreeing to increased protection from foreign troops and
Mr Ramos-Horta's office announced at the weekend he will return on
Thursday to what is expected to be a hero's welcome, before
Villagers who live near the house have white-washed trees, rocks and
signposts along the narrow road leading to the house.
They have also spent days filling in potholes by hand, trimming trees
and planting bushes ahead of Mr Ramos-Horta's arrival.
"The villagers are excited about the president's return," said Paulo
Remedios, a presidential adviser who was also Reinado's lawyer.
The Government in Dili has backed the villagers' efforts by bringing
in heavy roadbuilding machinery, which has been working day and night
to repair roads before his arrival.
In Dili, banners over main streets declare "Mr President, Timor prays
and waits for you".
Mr Ramos-Horta has spoken about how emotional it will be to return to
the house where he lay bleeding for more than 30 minutes before help arrived.
"I wouldn't shoot a dog or a pig in that way," he said, recovering at
a private residence in Darwin.
Although still often in pain, Mr Ramos-Horta has made clear in
interviews with the Herald he has no intention of quitting the
presidency and will demand answers to questions about the attacks
which plunged the country of 1 million into renewed crisis.
Fretilin's general secretary, Mari Alkatiri, warned that any further
delay in seeking the truth "risks arousing further instability in our
nation and erodes the goodwill of the international community towards
Thousands of Timorese are expected to be at Dili's airport for Mr
domingo, abril 20, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 01:32
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "