sexta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2007
Timor Leste: E Timor villagers flee as pro-Fretilin militants attack
By Anne Barker
East Timor is facing a new humanitarian emergency, with hundreds of houses burnt in the country's east and more than 1,000 villagers fleeing to the mountains.
There are reports of some villagers being beaten for supporting the coalition parties now in government.
East Timor's main newspaper is reporting at least 600 houses have been burnt down in remote villages near Viqueque in the country's east.
It says pro-Fretilin militants went on a rampage yesterday burning every home of people suspected of voting for the political parties that are now in government.
It quoted some of the attackers yelling "long live Fretilin" as they torched house after house.
About 1,500 people have fled to the mountains with little or no food.
The report says many people were also beaten because of their political affiliations.
Locals have compared the violence to some of the atrocities inflicted by pro-Indonesian militias in 1999.