n Conflict Trends - East Timor : a new beginning

Volume 2000, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


It is incredible to think that under the right conditions, you can destroy a country in two weeks. This is what happened in East Timor. Indonesia invaded the former Portuguese colony in 1975, and ruled it for 24 years. The UN supervised a popular consultation on August 30, 1999. East Timorese had the opportunity to choose between independence or greater autonomy. The people voted overwhelmingly for independence, and in response, the Indonesian troops and their pro-autonomy militia proxies launched a violent rampage of killing, looting and houseburning. In the two weeks that followed, they looted everything they could carry, they stole every car and motorbike they could lay their hands on - including many UN vehicles - and burned or destroyed everything they could not take with them. Hardly a building survived, regardless of whether it was a traditional bamboo hut in the countryside, or a modern concrete high-rise in downtown Dili.

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