This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP).
Titled, East Timor: the struggle for self-determination, it was presented by Constancio Pinto, Executive Secretary for the Clandestine Front during the National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM) tour of North America, April 1993. Pinto’s presentation begins with his description of his experience during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. He then presents his time in the Maubere resistance. He describes his arrest, beating and interrogation by the Indonesian military as well as the condition of other political prisoners in Indonesian jail. Next, he discusses the expectations of the East Timorese for the visit of the Portuguese parliamentary delegation. He then describes preparations for a march on November 12, 1991 at Santa Cruz cemetery. He gives an eyewitness account of the shooting of demonstrators by the Indonesian military during the march. He then describes his escape from East Timor. Finally, he emphasises that the East Timorese victory against the Indonesians must be a political and not a military victory, calls for an end to North American military and economic aid to Indonesia until it ends its occupation of Timor, and emphasises the Timorese desire to join in talks hosted by the UN Secretary General between Portugal and Indonesia in Rome on April 21st, 1993.