Today we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Democratic Republic of East Timor (RDTL) proclaimed by Central Committee of FRETILIN.
In order to officialise this historical date. We will hoist the flag that signify the clear conscious of the political, cultural, moral, and social responsibilities. To affirm the long responsibility of FRETILIN towards Maubere People during the toughest 24 years of resistance and the struggle to materialise the will of being free and independent.
We are hoisting this flag of RDTL to reaffirm the wish of the people and also to mark this historical date forever.
We remember the sons and daughters of the Maubere People who gave their lives to defend an independence in which we have proclaimed on the 28th of November 1975.
Here we remember: Nicolau Lobato, Mau-Lear, Sahe Vicente Rels, Muki Bonaparte, Maria de Tapo, Maria Goreti, Sera Key, Helio Pina, Alferis Guido, Sargento Carmo, Sargento Hermenigildo Alves, and many others that died in arms. We remember also FRETILIN leaders who are disappeared: Mau Hodu Ran K'dalak, Alex Dai-Tula and Nino Konis Santana.
DEAR COMPATRIOT MAU-BERES AND BIBERES!
The Victory of 30th of August 1999 confirms and validates the legitimate proclamation on the 28th Nov. 1975. More importantly it reinforced this legitimacy.
The Central Committee of FRETILIN never once abandoned their dreams which today is a reality, and will never lose the process of the dynamic consciousness.
The 1975 proclamation of independence was created by FRETILIN according to the wish of the people. At that moment our country was facing the aggressive Indonesian invasion at the same time the Portuguese Administration have retreated. There was no other alternative to gain international recognition of our independence. Only after 24 years the Maubere people were able to vote for total emancipation and liberty.
Though this process of International legitimation will end with the adoption of a new constitution of republic as a passage to independent state of East Timor and one president elected by the people.
DEAR COMPATRIOT AND THE HEROIC PEOPLE OF EAST TIMOR.
No independent nation will achieve the sustainable future without the legitimate (will) of the people. Sustainability needs an international legitimation as another backbone.
We reaffirm our will to defend with all our capacity, that independence is well protected and restored. We made it through the process on course without any hesitation.
We are cooperating with the International Community.
We serve as an engine of construction, for a tolerant society, and the backbone to achieve peace and stability to our nation.
We contribute decisively to finding ways in the process of democratisation, to respect each other differences. Here we reaffirm that democracy is our priority and another quest for our struggle.
Multi-party system is the way to go without any complexity. We are embarking on a history of glory without violence. To respect the rights of Mau-Beres and Bi-beres, Children, young and old, as well as every Timorese with different ethnic background.
28th of November 2000
General Coordinator of FRETILIN
VIVA INDEPENDENT EAST TIMOR
VIVA MAU-BERE PEOPLE
VIVA 28th NOVEMBER
VIVA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF EAST TIMOR
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