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