terça-feira, outubro 17, 2006

Take local action for justice on anniversary of Santa Cruz massacre

East Timor ACTION Network ALERT

This November, take local action to remember the victims of genocide and demand justice for East Timor!

This November 12 will be the 15th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Massacre in East Timor. This tragic event was a crucial turning point in the East Timor’s struggle for freedom. Western media finally began acknowledging the brutality of Indonesia’s illegal occupation, the international solidarity movement strengthened, and government policies began to change. Here in the U.S., the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN) was formed to demand that the U.S. support self-determination and end its support for the Indonesian military.

On November 12, 1991, Indonesian troops opened fire on a memorial procession to the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor’s capital, that had turned into a peaceful pro-independence demonstration. Hundreds of East Timorese were murdered. This massacre, unlike many others committed during Indonesia's 24-year occupation, was filmed and photographed by international journalists.

This November 12, we need to continue demanding justice and accountability for human rights crimes committed in East Timor throughout the Indonesian occupation, as well as to the complicity of the United States in the occupation (many of the weapons used were U.S.-supplied, and Indonesia received crucial diplomatic support from the U.S.).

The struggle for independence was long and difficult, but the determination of the East Timorese people ended the occupation and East Timor is now independent. However, the struggle is not over. This November 12, and every future November 12, we can honor the 100,000 East Timorese who lost their lives during the occupation and to remember the on-going need to hold the Indonesian military responsible. We are calling on activists across the U.S. to take action locally, to educate their communities about the sordid history of the U.S. in East Timor.

Some suggestions for local activities:

Have a video showing or a public talk with people who’ve worked for justice in East Timor

Hold a vigil or other demonstration at the local Indonesian consulate or at a U.S. federal
government building

Have a commemoration service at your local church or place of worship

Write letters or op-eds to local newspapers

Request to have guests on local talk shows, or meet with your local newspaper’s editorial board

Display posters and photos of East Timorese history and the Santa Cruz massacre

Please let us know what you’re planning! We can help provide materials and additional suggestions for action. We are preparing sample op-eds and letters for folks to use.

-- East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
718-596-7668; www.etan.org; etan@etan.org

For background on the Santa Cruz massacre see http://www.etan.org/timor/SntaCRUZ.htm

For background on justice for East Timor see http://www.etan.org/issues/h-rights.htm

For background on U.S. assistance to the Indonesian military see http://etan.org/timor/default.htm


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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.
This is my blogchalk: Timor, Timor-Leste, East Timor, Dili, Portuguese, English, Malai Azul, politica, situação, Xanana, Ramos-Horta, Alkatiri, Conflito, Crise, ISF, GNR, UNPOL, UNMIT, ONU, UN.