quinta-feira, abril 10, 2008

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National Media Reports
TVTL News Coverage

Prime Minister inspects President’s residence: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has inspected the residence of PR Ramos-Horta in Metiaut, Dili. During the inspection, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak and other Government officers. They were welcomed by the Horta’s brother, Arsenio Horta, on Tuesday (8/4). The inspection was intended to uncover the chronology of events on February 11.

RTL News Coverage

Horta gives total support to investigators: The Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro has said that President José Ramos-Horta is totally supporting the investigations into the events of February 11. Mr. Monteiro said that he had informed the President on the progress of the investigation, including on the evidence gathered to date. He said that the briefing satisfied the President.

Lasama: State to use force against Salsinha: Acting President Fernando Lasama de Araújo said that that the state will use military force to resolve the problem of Salsinha. The Acting President said that the use of force will ensure that Salsinha and his men surrender immediately. He also said that the State would bear the responsibility for any criticisms towards the Joint Operation Command.

Print Coverage

Fretilin asks AMP to be humble: Fretilin MP Estanislau Aleixo da Silva has said that the Government should humble itself by seeking contributions from all Timorese people to solve the problems of the country. “As we have seen, the problems of the IDPs and the petitioners have become national issues. But the government has not thought to ask the people how they think the problems can be solved,” said Mr. da Silva on Wednesday (09/04) in National Parliament. (DN)

Alkatiri-Carrascalão: people still need Horta to lead TL: The Secretary General of Fretilin Party, Mari Alkatiri, and the President of Social Democratic Party, Mario Carrascalao, have said that their political parties do not want the President Jose Ramos Horta to resign from his role as President as the people of Timor-Leste still need him.

“Fretilin does not want the president resign from his role, however he should know his condition, how?” said Mr. Alkatiri.

Mr. Alkatiri also added that he did not personally believe that the President would resign. (DN)

Ramos-Horta asks PGR to further investigate February 11:During the visit of Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro to the President on Monday (7/4/00) in Darwin, Australia, President Jose Ramos-Horta called on the Public Ministry to further investigate the events of February 11. “The explanation and information that I presented to the President was based on the facts uncovered from the investigation. The President was delighted and supports us in continuing to investigate the case further.” said Mr. Longuinhos. (TP)

US: State of Timor-Leste has been very patient: The US Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Hans Klemm, has observed that since the events of February 11, the State of Timor-Leste has shown great patience towards the rebel group led by the fugitive Gastao Salsinha. “I think the Government of Timor-Leste has showed great patience since assassination attempt of February 11,” said Mr. Klemm when he visited the Timor Post office on Wednesday (09/04) in Mandarin, Dili. (TP)

Arsenio denies involvement with Alredo: Respondign to rumours, Fretilin MP Arsenio Bano has denied that he had any contact or relations with Alfredo Reinado Alves. Mr Bano called on the Prosecutor General to resign from his role as he had made contact with Alfredo Reinado and his men. (STL)

National News Sources:
Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Timor Post (TP)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Nacional (DN)

6 comentários:

Anónimo disse...

MR. LASAMA, you could scream hysterically with all your cocks and till you should also put your nasty finger in your hoarse and ass than take it back to suck it like sweet choc milk than you could come bear us with your ashamed bananas of the so called KOK or Joint Operation Command.
At the contrary we the real freelancers, men and women, youths and olds are stand firmly together to bear you and your clicks that any attempt violation resort from your side to restrain our freedom you will take very serious accountability for your very butchery, reckless and ashamed behaviors without any contemplations and our united will give very properly measure to respond all these your trickeries and immoral and unfair business with our fate in this very peculiar situation. As everybody knows that all of you, members of AMP were mentors of the current political crises. Please do not blame for other innocent people, or orchestras another complicity and culprit plan to distance yourself from your very wrong doing.

Our comrades, late Alfredo and hero Salsinha have done their job with aim to prevail justice and reason for every East Timor citizen in East Timor’s Soil. Therefore were not noted any crime against state or whatsoever your paranoid screams with baseless to blame and condemn the real free human being in this corner of the Globe, Earth, that we all the human being are inhabitant in.

Late Alfredo and Salsinha just gave you pinch as called your attention to make certain correction in your performance of the real East Timor leadership, otherwise all of you should to be eliminated, because our poorest and weakness East Timor People had suffering so much till today behind you. But indeed you did ignore it and everyday you only have great interests in keeping very well your family interests and left our suffering people in the very sadness situation behind you cried everyday for food and drinks, even so, at that time, you and your cohorts still ignored it. All of you together are not more important than our entire East Timor People’s fate. Therefore the action of the Alfredo and Salsinha as the real and a priory lesson for your leadership and in the lawful way was justified.

Manufae, TL, April 10th 2008,

Dom-Boaventura

Anónimo disse...

MR. LASAMA, you could scream hysterically with all your cocks and till you should also put your nasty finger in your hoarse and ass than take it back to suck it like sweet choc milk than you could come bear us with your ashamed bananas of the so called KOK or Joint Operation Command.

At the contrary we the real freelancers, men and women, youths and olds are stand firmly together to bear you and your clicks that any attempt violation resort from your side to restrain our freedom you will take very serious accountability for your very butchery, reckless and ashamed behaviors without any contemplations and our united will give very properly measure to respond all these your trickeries and immoral and unfair business with our fate in this very peculiar situation. As everybody knows that all of you, members of AMP were mentors of the current political crises. Please do not blame for other innocent people, or orchestras another complicity and culprit plan to distance yourself from your very wrong doing.

Our comrades, late Alfredo and hero Salsinha have done their job with aim to prevail justice and reason for every East Timor citizen in East Timor’s Soil. Therefore were not noted any crime against state or whatsoever your paranoid screams with baseless to blame and condemn the real free human being in this corner of the Globe, Earth, that we all the human being are inhabitant in.

Late Alfredo and Salsinha just gave you pinch as called your attention to make certain correction in your performance of the real East Timor leadership, otherwise all of you should to be eliminated, because our poorest and weakness East Timor People had suffering so much till today behind you. But indeed you did ignore it and everyday you only have great interests in keeping very well your family interests and left our suffering people in the very sadness situation behind you cried everyday for food and drinks, even so, at that time, you and your cohorts still ignored it. All of you together are not more important than our entire East Timor People’s fate. Therefore the action of the Alfredo and Salsinha as the real and a priory lesson for your leadership and in the lawful way was justified.

Manufae, TL, April 10, 2008

Dom-Boaventura

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Relatos dos Media Nacionais

TVTL Cobertura de Notícias

Primeiro-Ministro inspecciona residência do Presidente: O Primeiro-Ministro Xanana Gusmão inspeccionou a residência do PR Ramos-Horta em Metiaut, Dili. Durante a inspecção, o Primeiro-Ministro foi acompanhado pelo Brigadeiro-General Taur Matan Ruak e outros funcionários do Governo. Foram recebidos pelo irmão de Horta, Arsénio Horta, na Terça-feira (8/4). A inspecção tem a intenção de descobrir a cronologia dos eventos em 11 de Fevereiro.

RTL Cobertura de Notícias

Horta dá apoio total aos investigadores: O Procurador-Geral Longuinhos Monteiro disse que o Presidente José Ramos-Horta está a apoiar totalmente as investigações aos eventos de 11 de Fevereiro. O Sr. Monteiro disse que tinha informado o Presidente dos progressos da investigação, incluindo sobre a evidência recolhida até à data. Disse que a informação satisfez o Presidente.

Lasama: Estado vai usar a força contra Salsinha: O Presidente interino Fernando Lasama de Araújo disse que o Estado usará a força militar para resolver o problema de Salsinha. O Presidente interino disse que o uso da força assegurará que Salsinha e os seus homens se rendam imediatamente. Disse também que o Estado assumirá a responsabilidade por quaisquer criticas dirigidas ao Comando da Operação Conjunta.

Cobertura Impressa

Fretilin pede à AMP para ser humildee: O deputado da FretilinEstanislau Aleixo da Silva disse que o governo devia ser humilde e procurar contribuições de todo o povo Timorense para resolver os problemas do país. “Como temos visto, os problemas dos deslocados e dos peticionários tornaram-se questões nacionais. Mas o governo não pensou em perguntar às pessoas como é que pensam que os problemas podem ser resolvidos,” Disse o Sr. da Silva na Quarta-feira (09/04) no Parlamento Nacional. (DN)

Alkatiri-Carrascalão: o povo precisa ainda de Horta para liderar TL: O Secretário-Geral da Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, e o Presidente do PSD, Mário Carrascalão, disseram que os seus partidos políticos não querem que o Presidente José Ramos Horta resigne do seu cargo de Presidente porque o povo de Timor-Leste ainda precisa dele.

“A Fretilin não quer que o presidente resigne do seu cargo, contudo ele deve saber qual é o seu estado” disse o Sr. Alkatiri.

O Sr. Alkatiri acrescentou ainda que pessoalmente não acredita que o Presidente vai resignar. (DN)

Ramos-Horta pede ao PGR para investigar mais o 11 de Fevereiro: Durante a visita do Procurador-Geral Longuinhos Monteiro ao Presidente na Segunda-feira (7/4/00) em Darwin, Austrália, o Presidente José Ramos-Horta pediu ao Ministério Público para investigar mais os eventos do 11 de Fevereiro. “A explicação e informação que apresentei ao Presidente foi baseada nos factos descobertos pela investigação. O Presidente ficou satisfeito e apoia-nos para continuar a investigar mais o caso.” disse o Sr. Longuinhos. (TP)

USA: O Estado de Timor-Leste tem tido muita paciência: O Embaixador dos USA em Timor-Leste, Hans Klemm, observou que desde os eventos de 11 de Fevereiro, o Estado de Timor-Leste tem mostrado grande paciência para com o grupo de amotinados liderados pelo foragido Gastão Salsinha. “Penso que o Governo de Timor-Leste mostrou grande paciência desde a tentativa de assassínio de 11 de Fevereiro,” disse o Sr. Klemm quando visitou o escritório do Timor Post na Quarta-feira (09/04) em Mandarin, Dili. (TP)

Arsénio nega envolvimento com Alfredo: Respondendo a rumores, o deputado da Fretilin Arsénio Bano negou ter tido qualquer contacto ou relações com Alfredo Reinado Alves. O Sr Bano pediu ao Procurador-Geral para resignar do seu cargo dado que ele tinha tido contactos com Alfredo Reinado e os seus homens. (STL)

Fonte de Notícias Nacionais:
Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Timor Post (TP)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Nacional (DN)

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Former PM Alkatiri claims alleged assassination attempt on Xanana Gusmao was faked

WSWS : News & Analysis : Asia : East Timor

By Patrick O’Connor

8 April 2008



Mari Alkatiri, former East Timorese prime minister and

current general secretary of the Fretilin opposition

party, has alleged that the reported assassination

attempt on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on February 11

was a fake. In an interview with the Portuguese News

Network, he claimed that Fretilin has photographs

showing that the vehicle, which supposedly came under

fire, initially only had two bullet holes but later

appeared in public with 16. Alkatiri also raised a

number of serious questions regarding the related

shooting of President Jose Ramos-Horta and the killing

of rebel major Alfredo Reinado.



The former prime minister’s statements cast further

doubt over the official explanation of the events of

February 11. According to Prime Minister Gusmao and

the Australian and international media, Reinado was

killed while he was leading an attempted coup or

coordinated assassination against both Ramos-Horta and

Gusmao. This, however, remains the most unlikely

scenario.



Reinado, who with several of his men had mutinied in

May 2006 and joined in armed attacks against

government forces, had been wanted on murder and

firearms charges. In mid-January, however, the former

major reached an agreement with Ramos-Horta under

which he would surrender to the police in return for a

full presidential pardon. Around the same time,

Reinado publicly released a DVD in which he bitterly

denounced Gusmao, his former patron, accusing him of

directly instigating the 2006 military split that led

to the Australian military intervention and the

ousting of Alkatiri’s Fretilin administration.



On February 7, 2008 Ramos-Horta convened a meeting at

his residence involving Gusmao, Alkatiri, and other

parliamentarians. The president told the participants

that he agreed with Fretilin’s demand for fresh

elections. Formed in August 2007, the Gusmao-led

coalition government had been wracked by internal

divisions and was becoming increasingly unpopular.



Taken together, these circumstances render the

official “coup” explanation of the events of February

11 entirely implausible. Reinado supposedly attempted

to assassinate a president who was preparing to both

grant him a full pardon for his crimes and who had

decided to support efforts to oust Gusmao’s

administration through new elections. Attempts by the

Australian media to explain these contradictions have

rested on the claim that Reinado was simply insane.

An alternative and more coherent possibility is that

Reinado, and perhaps Ramos-Horta also, was set up for

assassination by Gusmao or forces close to Gusmao,

with the likely support, or at least knowledge of,

Australian personnel in Dili. Canberra and Gusmao have

both benefited from the events of February 11. The

Timorese government has enacted a series of

authoritarian measures to prop up its rule, while the

Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has used

the alleged coup attempt as a pretext for dispatching

more troops to bolster its neo-colonial occupation of

the oil-rich state.



In his interview with the Portuguese News Network

(PNN), published March 4, Alkatiri described the

alleged ambush on Gusmao as a “cheap fiction”. He

claimed that a Fretilin representative took

photographs of Gusmao’s vehicle with two bullet holes

as it was parked on the street. Later, however, the

same vehicle was shown in a ditch with 16 bullet

holes.



The Fretilin leader also questioned the circumstances

of Reinado’s killing. “How is it that Alfredo Reinado

is going to attack the person [Ramos-Horta] who was

trying to find an elegant solution for him?” he asked.

“Who was attacked first, was it Reinado or the

President of the Republic? If it was Reinado,

according to the first facts, he would have been dead

for an hour before. If he was dead before, why did

Reinado’s men and those of the President of the

Republic stay looking at each other until the

President arrived?”



Alkatiri speaks with the World Socialist Web Site



The World Socialist Web Site contacted Alkatiri on

April 2. He said that he had nothing to add to the PNN

interview, but also made clear that he was not

retracting his previous statements.



Referring to the agreement between Ramos-Horta and

Reinado reached in January, Alkatiri stated, “This is

why it is very strange, very ironic, that Reinado came

down to attack exactly the person that was trying his

best to work with Reinado”. The WSWS asked if Fretilin

would publicly release its photographs of Gusmao’s

vehicle. “I am still waiting for the investigators to

ask me about it and then I will deliver them to them,”

he replied.



In his interview with PNN, Alkatiri demanded an

independent commission of inquiry, excluding personnel

from Australia. “Countries that have a presence here,

in the area of justice or advisors in the area of

security, cannot have their elements make up a part of

this commission,” he told the WSWS, adding that the

February attacks occurred, “with all of this

[military] presence, and if the investigation

incriminates the international presence or that of the

UN, the tendency naturally is to cover it up”. Asked

about the FBI investigators currently working on the

case, Alkatiri replied: “In the final analysis, they

are being used. Even if they want to be serious, they

can’t be.”



Alkatiri declined to tell the WSWS whether he believed

that Australian forces were involved in the February

11 violence, and instead repeated his demand for an

international investigation. “Everything has to be

investigated, that’s why we made it clear that an

international commission for investigation can never

include people from countries that are already

operating in Timor-Leste.”



In the PNN interview, Alkatiri clearly implied that

forces within the government may have instigated the

double attack. “The President of the Republic

[Ramos-Horta] had clearly said that there would be

early elections in 2009,” he said. “It is clear that

those who govern did not like this. These doubts need

to be clarified for the good of the persons who are

involved. If I were in Xanana’s place, I would be the

first to say that I wanted this investigation to be

conducted in an independent form.”



When we asked if he was suggesting Gusmao was

personally responsible for the February 11 attacks,

Alkatiri replied “No, I didn’t suggest any name [but]

I think the investigation will really make it clear.”

He refused to be drawn on why the Gusmao government

has blocked the formation of an international

investigation.



He denounced the “state of siege”, under which a

strict curfew is in place and meetings and

demonstrations banned, as “bullshit”. “It’s really a

way for the government to dictate its rule, he told

us. “This is not a rule of law, it is a rule by law;

they are using their majority to dictate their own

rules.”



Speaking to the PNN, he had earlier elaborated: “The

emergency is being used to intimidate people. The

population will get tired of these measures,

particularly in the neighbourhoods of Dili. We are

already returning to the time of Indonesia, with

people not sleeping at home. In the neighbourhoods of

Tunanara and Pité there are young people who are

afraid that the police will come looking for them at

night.... Those in power must believe that the best

form of controlling this population is to put fear

into them, [to deter] demonstrations or any other

violent action. There is no right to demonstrate,

there is no right to hold public meetings. I am

accustomed to meeting in my house with many people,

and now there are days when the police come by here to

ask my security what it is that we are doing.”



Alkatiri told the WSWS that the ruling coalition “will

pay their bill for this” at the next election, which

he expects to be held in early 2009. The Fretilin

leader said that when he last spoke with Ramos-Horta,

three or four weeks ago, the president remained

committed to bringing forward the date of the vote.

Asked how he thought Gusmao would respond, he replied:

“He has no options, he has no options. He has no

authority to govern this country, he was not elected.

We need a democratic country, not a country that is

dictated by a former guerrilla.”



Canberra’s role



WSWS asked Alkatiri about the present role of the

1,000-troop Australian-led International Stabilisation

Force. He replied, “The problem here, the main problem

here, is who commands whom? Who is really commanding

the force? United Nations, the government, the

Australian brigadier, I still don’t know.... The only

thing I can say is that the force came here in 2006

under my request, at that time signed by President

Xanana [Gusmao] and the president of the parliament,

Lu-Olo [Guterres], but since then things are

developing in such a way that I think that we need to

know clearly who is commanding the force.”



On the 2006 Australian intervention, which Alkatiri

defended as a means of ending the police-military

conflict, the following exchange occurred:



WSWS: If it is true that as Reinado alleged, Gusmao

instigated that conflict as part of a coup attempt

against your administration—



Alkatiri: If it is true, if it is true, it will

explain a lot of things.



WSWS: And it would also explain a lot of things if it

is true that Canberra was involved in that as well.



Alkatiri: It will explain a lot of things, everything,

things that have developed domestically in

Timor-Leste, with some kind of interference from

outside.... I would like to also stress here that

2006, Prime Minister Howard was the only one that has

made clear, very publicly clear, that he would prefer

me to step down. It is already a way to interfere in

the affairs of another country.



The former prime minister then said that with the

election of the new Labor government: “I think we have

a lot of space, political space, to work together. I

am sure that a lot of changes will come. It is still

too early to talk about but I am sure, yes.” Asked

about what changes he anticipated, Alkatiri replied,

“Mutual respect between Australia and Timor-Leste and

other countries is one thing, and of course more

cooperation, a bit more cooperation for the advantage

of both countries.” And on Rudd’s response to the

events of February 11, when the new Labor prime

minister immediately deployed additional Australian

troops, including elite SAS personnel? “He was in the

government for less than 100 days and he had to

respond as he did, but I am sure [that] sooner than

later a lot of things change.”



In reality, the Rudd Labor government will maintain

the same strategic orientation as the former Howard

government. The Labor Party has a filthy record on

East Timor, including the Whitlam government’s active

encouragement of Indonesia’s invasion in 1975 and the

Hawke-Keating government’s negotiation of the 1989

Timor Gap Treaty, under which Canberra and Jakarta

carved up Timor’s oil and gas resources in violation

of international law. The death of Indonesia’s former

dictator Suharto earlier this year saw the squalid

spectacle of past and present Labor ministers paying

tribute to the mass murderer.



During Howard’s 11-year term in office, the Labor

Party backed the government’s every move in Timor. The

Labor opposition supported the Howard government’s

crude strong-arm tactics during negotiations on the

exploitation of the Timor Sea’s petroleum with the

former Alkatiri administration, at one point even

joining the government in ejecting Greens’ Senator Bob

Brown from parliament after he issued some limited

criticisms of Canberra’s stance. Labor endorsed both

the 1999 and 2006 military interventions, which were

driven by the Australian ruling elite’s determination

to secure control over the lion’s share of Timor’s oil

and gas and to shut out rival powers, above all

Portugal and China. Rudd’s additional troop deployment

in February was motivated by his determination to

further advance this neo-colonial strategy.



Media blackout



Not a single media outlet in Australia has reported

Alkatiri’s statements to the PNN. This extraordinary

self-censorship is indicative of the critical role

played by the establishment media as an active

accomplice of Australian imperialism in East Timor and

throughout the South Pacific. It continues to repeat

the official “coup” and “assassination” version of the

events of February 11—which virtually nobody in Dili

believes—as good coin. Elementary questions have still

not been raised, obvious avenues for potential

investigation ignored, and important statements from

leading public figures suppressed.



Alkatiri is not alone in raising serious questions

regarding Reinado’s killing and the alleged ambush on

Gusmao’s vehicle.



Mario Carrascalao—the former Indonesian-appointed

Timorese governor and now leader of the Social

Democrat Party that forms part of Gusmao’s coalition

government—gave an interview with Portugal’s Lusa news

that was published on February 19. Carrascalao said

that “strange things” were happening in East Timor,

and questioned how it was that Gusmao’s vehicle

supposedly came under fire without anyone being hurt.

“Whoever knows that road [where the alleged attack

occurred], knows that nobody escapes an ambush,” he

said. “[But] nobody was injured.”



Carrascalao also said he believed that Reinado did not

attack Ramos-Horta and that someone had instead set a

“trap” for the former major. He raised the possibility

that either “the Australians”, the petitioners, or

another section of the Timorese military was

responsible. “Any of these three hypotheses is

feasible,” he concluded.



As with Alkatiri’s allegations, no section of the

Australian media reported Carrascalao’s remarks.

Carrascalao also provided a number of details on the

meeting held at Ramos-Horta’s residence on February 7,

where he was one of the participating

parliamentarians. Along with government MPs, a dozen

senior Fretilin representatives attended. Carrascalao

told Lusa that after an hour of discussion,

Ramos-Horta declared that he no longer believed that

Gusmao’s government was capable of resolving Timor’s

problems and that fresh elections ought to be held.

Gusmao responded by insisting that his government

would continue to govern alone. Ramos-Horta concluded

by saying that further meetings should be held to try

to reach an agreement.



These meetings, however, never eventuated. The

so-called coup attempt occurred four days later,

followed by Gusmao’s announcement of the “state of

siege”.



Ramos-Horta questions Australian military response



Late last month President Ramos-Horta gave several

interviews, providing his first account of what led up

to his wounding on February 11. While Ramos-Horta,

like Alkatiri, undoubtedly knows much more than he is

publicly saying about the circumstances surrounding

the alleged dual assassination attempt, his statements

are significant.



Speaking with Fairfax’s Lindsay Murdoch, he explained

that he was on a morning walk when he first heard two

sets of gunshots. Murdoch reported: “Horta said he had

initially looked at two Timorese army soldiers who

were with him and said ‘yes, the shots are from the

house’. But he then encountered the Dili manager of

the ANZ bank, who was riding a bike.”



Ramos-Horta told Murdoch: “He [the manager] said in a

casual and relaxed way that the ISF [Australian-led

International Stabilisation Force] was doing an

exercise near my house. Well, that being the case, I

felt relaxed and decided to go home.” In another

interview, with East Timor’s TVTL, Ramos-Horta said:

“He [the ANZ manager] told me that the ISF were having

an exercise near my residence. He asked whether I was

informed about it or not, but I replied to him that I

had never received any information that [sic] what the

ISF were doing near my house. I became angry because

if the ISF were doing exercises near my house without

my knowledge, it is a bit [sic] mistake.”



According to the president, he then approached his

house and saw a bullet-riddled Timorese army vehicle

but did not see any Australian troops. By this time

Reinado was already dead after being shot in the head,

according to some accounts, up to an hour earlier.

Ramos-Horta then encountered what he called “one of

Alfredo’s men in full [military] uniform” who shot him

in the back as he turned to flee. Ramos-Horta was hit

with “dum-dum” bullets—which are banned under the

Geneva Convention because they expand and fragment on

impact—and later underwent six operations in an

Australian hospital.



Ramos-Horta told ABC Radio that immediately after

being shot, “I heard them [the soldiers with him]

cursing the ANZ bank representative, blaming him for

what happened because he misled us into going to the

house. Because of that I was worried that they could

take reprisals against him, so I told them, ‘no, don’t

think that,’ because he also didn’t know, he thought

it was a military exercise because it never occurred

to him, or to me, that my house was under attack.”



Ramos-Horta raised further questions regarding the

Australian military’s failure to capture those

involved in the shoot-out. “I didn’t see any ISF

elements or UNPOL [police] in the area ...

normally they are supposed to show up instantly, and

in this case of extreme gravity they would normally

seal off the entire area, blocking the exit route of

the attackers. That didn’t happen. As far as I know,

no hostile pursuit of the attackers was made for

several days. How did Mr Alfredo Reinado happen to be

totally undetected in Dili when the ISF was supposed

to be keeping an eye on his movements?”



Ramos-Horta has declared his support for a commission

of inquiry to investigate these questions.



Angelita Pires



Asked by ABC Radio why he thought the rebel soldiers

would want to shoot him, Ramos-Horta replied: “Not the

slightest idea. Because I was the only leader in the

country they said they trusted. Mr Alfredo Reinado

told me a month before, and he told all other

individuals who talked with him, that I was the only

leader he knew who was not involved in the crisis of

2006. I was the only one they trusted and I was the

only one who spent months often travelling to the bush

area, to the mountains, to the valleys, meeting with

them to try to find a dignified solution for the

country, that is acceptable to all.”



Ramos-Horta nevertheless insisted that the attack was

an assassination attempt. Reinado, he told the Fairfax

press, “was a very unstable person, never consistent

with what he said ... he does something else the next

day while under the influence of his intimate

associate and lover Ms Angie Pires and others who were

behind him. While I managed to create a certain

climate of confidence among him and his men, there

were some elements behind him who would manipulate and

influence the situation.”



Angelita Pires, a dual East Timorese-Australian

citizen, acted as Reinado’s lawyer and representative

in Dili. Arrested on February 17, she is alleged to

have known about preparations for the alleged attacks

on Ramos-Horta and Gusmao, but has denied the charges.

She has also released a public statement rejecting

Ramos-Horta’s allegation that she had manipulated

Reinado.



When the WSWS asked Alkatiri about Pires’s role, he

replied: “I don’t want to really comment on a single

person, because a lot of people, even the most

important people, were always with Reinado.”



As with so many aspects of this affair, the closer one

examines Pires and her connections, the murkier the

situation appears.



Pires, who spent most of her life in Australia,

appears to have had a very close working relationship

with senior Australian officials in Dili. Until

February 1—ten days before the shoot-out at

Ramos-Horta’s residence—she was an employee of an

AusAID contractor, Enterprise Challenge Fund (ECF). An

article in the Australian on February 20 stated:

“Local officials claimed she was dismissed from the

ECF program because of her alleged links with rebel

leader Alfredo Reinado. It is believed AusAID had

raised concerns about Ms Pires late last month, but

that a decision had already been made to sack the

42-year-old by the program’s manager, Coffey

International, on the advice of their local officials.

AusAID last night confirmed Ms Pires had a history of

working for Australian-funded contractors in East

Timor, but declined to comment on the circumstances

surrounding her dismissal.”



Pires claims to have acted as a go-between,

coordinating Reinado’s movements with the Timorese

security agencies and the Australian military. The ISF

confirmed this when it told the Australian that it had

met her “in a public place in Dili” in January to

ensure that Reinado’s men and the ISF knew each

other’s general movements. The Australian military

also said that she was “not a paid informant of the

ISF and no money or gratuities were ever passed to Ms

Pires”.



This statement appeared to be in response to rumours

in Dili regarding the source of a large sum of cash

reportedly found on Reinado’s dead body. “It was not

$29,000. It was not $31,000. It was exactly $30,000,

in $US100 notes,” the Australian quoted a senior East

Timorese government source as saying in an article

published March 18.



The same article revealed that Gusmao held Pires

responsible for the break-down in negotiations between

Reinado and the government that preceded the public

release of the former major’s DVD accusing the prime

minister of instigating the 2006 crisis. According to

the Australian’s government source, a meeting between

Gusmao and Reinado in Dili had been arranged in early

December, but the former major never showed up.

“Angelita Pires called and said, ‘He’s not coming,’”

the source said. “The prime minister was very upset

and very disturbed that a third party was throwing

stones into this. Alfredo never called us to explain.

She called.



She was saying the real plan was to arrest Reinado and

then shoot him dead in front of the prime minister.”



Pires has reportedly indicated that she believes

Reinado was subsequently set up on February 11.

According to the Age: “After the attacks, Pires told

friends Reinado was lured to Mr Ramos Horta’s house to

be assassinated because he was about to reveal plots

by powerful political figures.”



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REMEMBER THIS? what were they talking about? what made Alfredo unhappy with the ISf coming for him? What did the MPs tell him? Did it contribute to him going crazy? Alot of questions.

Threatening Shots Fired by Major Alfredo Reinado’s Group;
MPs: International Stabilization Forces Lying.

Timor Post, 9.02.08

Dili – MPs from the Democratic Party (PD), Timorese Social Democratic Association (ASDT) and Social Democratic Party (PSD) parliamentary parties, said that the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) Commander Brigadier General James Baker has lied in his public statements that it was major Alfredo Reinado’s group that fired in a threatening manner against ISF soldiers when the had a sudden confrontation with an ISF vehicle in Ermera recently.

PD MP Adriano Nascimento, who was accompanied by Francisco Araujo (ASDT) and Fernando Dias Gusmao (PSD) sought o clarify the events in a press conference at Parliament House on Friday (02/08), saying that the statements reported by Brig Baker that Alfredo’s group opened fire threateningly, were a lie.

At the time the three were together in the same place with and meeting with Alfredo Reinado and Gastao Salsinha.

Recently, Brig Baker said that Alfredo’s group fired threateningly at the Australian ISF soldiers, when they suddenly came across them in vehicles on the road.

Baker said that his soldiers were on patrol at that location to repair the road which had been damaged by heavy rains.

However, according to the three MPs, their meeting with Alfredo had been underway for about 30 minutes, when one of Alfredo’s members yelled out that the ISF patrol were approaching too closely, and one of his members fired six shots into the air because he had spotted four ISF vehicles already only about 25 meters away.

MP Adriano said that in accordance with the agreement between the ISF and Alfredo, the ISF can patrol along the roads but cannot approach anywhere near the area where Alfredo and his group are staying.

He also said that unfortunately due to sudden confrontation involving weapons the discussion they were having could not continue and they were unable to further their objective of hearing directly from them how their problem could be resolved. They were forced to react swiftly and ready to defend themselves and their position, taking up positions to have a shootout, said Adriano.

As the MPs could see that Alfredo’s group and the Australian Forces had their weapons raised at one another, the three MPs on their own initiative reacted by commencing to speak with the Australian Forces. In speaking with the Australian Forces, they informed the ISF that they were members of parliament from ASDT, PSD and PD who were there to meet with Alfredo to hear directly from them about their problem so as to contribute towards a solution, but the Australian Forces kept their weapons pointed at them.

“We greatly lament the conduct of the Australian Forces, we came out raising our arms telling them we were MPs, showing them our identification cards, raised our hands twice more telling them we were civilians, but they continued with their weapons pointed at us,” said Adriano.

“We approached to about three meters from them but they still kept their weapons trained on us, but it was not until we held up our identification cards that some of them with whom we had been speaking lowered their weapons, but some others kept their weapons trained on us. It was not good for them to do this to a Member of Parliament.”

The three MPs stated that as a result of this action by the ISF, they had delivered a letter of protest to Australian Embassy in Dili and the Australian Parliament for their attention to this issue.

The presence of the three MPs in Ermera, should have included an MP from CNRT but he had to withdraw at the last minute due to other work commitments. The three MPs traveled to Ermera with the authorization of their respective party presidents to hear directly from Alfredo and Gastao Salsinha, so that they could find a solution to this problem. Fernando Dias added, “ we went there officially, not as individuals, but as Mps with the authorization of our parties.”

Francisco Araujo (ASDT) said that they had gone there because they consider that this problem had already dragged on for too long without resolution. “We went because three years have lapsed without this problem being solved, and because we are committed to and hold the position that we needed to hear directly from Major Alfredo, but we are disappointed we could not realize our objective because of what occurred,” he said.

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Todas as traduções de inglês para português (e também de francês para português) são feitas pela Margarida, que conhecemos recentemente, mas que desde sempre nos ajuda.

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... "
 

Malai Azul. Lives in East Timor/Dili, speaks Portuguese and English.
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