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Background:
Mar 7 CNRT/CNP: A Threat on the life of the President  Press Conference summary of events
"Commissioner Costa e Souza [of CivPol] ended his report by stating that he has no doubt that this was a planned action designed to disturb the meeting between President Xanana Gusmão and the students and that given the level of violence it was also designed to threaten the life of the President." National Council of Timorese Resistance/Congresso Nacional Presidency (CNRT/CNP)
"Following the incident of 7 March 2001 in the Dili Gymnasium, several quarters have expressed their stand on the matter.  Apart from strongly condemning CPD-RDTL supporters and regretting Civpol’s method of arresting the three political activists, there is full support for the leadership of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao as President of CNRT/NC." Timor Post

Support For Xanana Pours In

Timor Post

Dili 13 March 2001

Following the incident of 7 March 2001 in the Dili Gymnasium, several quarters have expressed their stand on the matter.  Apart from strongly condemning CPD-RDTL supporters and regretting Civpol’s method of arresting the three political activists, there is full support for the leadership of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao as President of CNRT/NC. There were even some, who expressed support for the independence leader to become the first President of East Timor although the elections have not been held.  Timor Post received a letter from the people of Asukai Village, Dili, 4 days ago. Four leaders, including the village chief, Marito Amaral and the youth leader Mateus Siba signed the letter, calling on UNTAET and CNRT as well as PKF, Civpol, GNR to ensure peace and security in their area. “We also support the change of name from Falintil to FDTL for the future security of East Timor,” the letter continues.

The youth of Anti-Kekerasan (ANTIK) also supports the leadership of Xanana Gusmao.  In their declaration, ANTIK reminds the people of East Timor not to be hooked by false issues and promises, to defend national unity and be vigilant against militia infiltration aiming to destroy national unity and harmony.  Antik also calls on the international peacekeepers and FDTL to maintain peace and stability in East Timor.  It urges political organizations in East Timor not to make use the name of the people for their own interests.  “All political leaders should unite and build East Timor future in our grandchildren’s interests.” Wrote ANTIK. ANTIK threatens to react with the people to support the masses if violence and conflict continue between political organizations or individuals, that could lead to splitting the nation and continuing the sufferings of innocent small persons.


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