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PROTESTS IN DILI: "AUSSIE GOVERNMENT ARE THIEVES & ALLEGED AUSAID INVOLVED IN SPYING ON EAST TIMOR" Featured

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By Ted McDonnell
Australian-based Correspondent
Tempo Semanal

 

Reports of wild protests outside the Australian Embassy in Dili by certain sectors of the international media have been wrong.

 

Late last week no more than 50 protesters chanted their displeasure towards the Australian government and also AusAid, which provides $120 million of aid to East Timor annually.

 

Protest organizer Sisto dos Santos chanting through a loudspeaker across the road from the Australian Embassy said:

 

"You (You refer to Australian government) are come here as an angel to democracy but is happening shows you are not an angel for democracy, you are simple as slave of democracy and Human rights. Because you don’t understand how to live as human being. You (Australian Government) are not an angel for democracy but  you are evil for democracy,”

 

“We are still going to demo until your government offer an apology to the  people of East Timor. This action shows you that we are more smart then you.”

 

“Its time for Maubere people to teach you (Australian government) about what the truly democracy is. We have obligations, task and solidarity to free you from your attitude of invasion others, not respect of others dignity and not respect other country sovereignty.

 

“This afternoon we are here to tell you friends of journalist that you get wrong in your yesterday story which published in the international media that we stones Australian Embassy, this is lied. For those who published the information was wrong. We understood your conditions. Maybe the Australian government paid you but just want to say to you that we should not became a slave o their money.

 

“The problem is they steal our oil then sell it in other places to buy some kind of equipment bring to East Timor trough AusAid Funding. Because of all this reason this afternoon I would like to bring to the attention of the Timorese community and International community to be careful dealing with people from AusAid. AusAid is an espionage agent,” Mr. Dos Santos yelled.

 

The demonstrators yelled that “Australia is a thief and shameless”. Protesters remain adamant that  AusAId is a “spy agency for Australia”.

 

No stones were thrown by protesters although Police did fire one round of tear gas to disperse protesters.

 

Australian Ambassador Miles Armitage commended the protestors stating that they were well behaved and hav every right in a democratic country like Timor-Leste to express their views.

 

 

“The demonstrations have been peaceful and the protesters have had the opportunity to express their views,” the Australian Ambassador added.

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Ted McDonnell

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Tempo Semanal

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