Itís the third day of campaigning in Timor Lorosae and so far it has been peaceful without any incident. But letís not make the assumption that it will a straight road for the political parties, despite having signed the National Unity Pact. There will be bends in the road and all political parties will have to be ready for them.
The Timorese people now are more critical of the political parties having been through the Portuguese and Indonesian colonialists. But again, letís not dwell in the past and repeat the same mistakes.
Politics is a dirty game. Politics causes splits in the family; it makes people kill; and it makes people curse one another.
But things are different for the 30 August election. We are at gates of independence and parties cannot afford to play dirty politics.
But the irresponsible are still around. As evidenced two days ago, they were some politicians who were spreading rumors that there was a group of armed Indonesians heading towards Timor Lorosae. All these rumors are meant to scare people.
FDTL Commander Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak had to intervene to calm the people. He asked the people not to believe rumors and not to believe those who said an armed group of Indonesian was out to disrupt the 30 August election.
On another front, there is a rumor circulating in Dili that the former Fretilin president Nicolau Lobato is alive. We repeat the call of Bishop Belo to the people: ďPlease do not believe in the absurd!Ē
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