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September 29, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
Jakarta Post - September 29, 1999

Jakarta – In an unprecedented move, Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Wiranto brought together on Tuesday leaders of six major political parties to hammer out a commitment to ensure the General Session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) runs smoothly.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
Agence France Presse - September 29, 1999

Jakarta – Australian flags were burned Monday in at least two Indonesian cities, while anti-Australian rallies took place in two other cities amid whipped-up resentment against Canberra's role in East Timor, witnesses and reports said.

News ›› Aceh ›› Human Rights & Justice
Agence France Presse - September 29, 1999

Jakarta – A human rights lobbyist on Wednesday called on the United Nations to conduct the same sort of inquiry it is making into alleged atrocities in East Timor in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
ABC AM News - September 29, 1999 (abridged)

Compere: Well, finally returning to East Timor. The crisis may have soured Australia's relationship with Indonesia, but the Federal Government is making it very clear it's not going to encourage independence elsewhere in our giant northern neighbour. Yesterday AM reported on smuggled footage from Ambon showing demonstrators being fired on by the military.

September 28, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - September 28, 1999

Jakarta – As the UN Human Rights Commission approved a probe into allegations of abuse by Indonesian-backed militias in East Timor, newspapers here were screaming about "atrocities" committed by Australian troops in the territory. "Australian troops torture militias," read a headline in the Indonesian Observer [article included below - JB] Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
KPP-PRD - September 28, 1999

[The following is a compilation of several reports sent to ASIET (Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor) by the Central Leadership Committee of the People's Democratic Party (KPP-PRD) in Jakarta.]

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - September 28, 1999

Jakarta – The commander of the East Timorese militia has ordered his men to halt their campaign of terror, and apologize to their victims, the state Antara news agency said Tuesday.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
The Independent (London) - September 28, 1999

East Timorese refugees in Indonesia, including the resort island of Bali, are being threatened with death by soldiers and militiamen, but plans for a large-scale evacuation are being delayed by the reluctance of foreign governments to accept large numbers of refugees.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - September 28, 1999

Chris Michaud, New York – Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer on Tuesday praised Indonesian President B.J. Habibie's policies on the troubled East Timor region, saying that without Habibie the saga may never have been resolved.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
Indonesian Observer - September 28, 1999

[Please note that this item was included to provide an example of the Indonesian media's anti-Australian campaign and is not intended to be taken as a serious news report - James Balowski.]

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Agence France Presse - September 28, 1999

Jakarta – Protests against a new state security bill in Indonesia claimed another life Tuesday when security forces shot dead a student in clashes in the Sumatra island city of Bandar Lampung, hospitals and reports said. At least 27 others were injured in the protest, which followed the deaths of at least seven people, one a student, in similar protests in Jakarta last week.

September 27, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - September 27, 1999

Jakarta – Fearing being visited and taken away by security authorities, at least four patients suffering injuries sustained in a violent rally in Semanggi cloverleaf on Thursday and Friday have fled Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital, hospital employees said on Sunday.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Reuters - September 27, 1999

Lisbon – Nine church workers including two nuns and a priest have been shot dead by Indonesian troops in the eastern part of East Timor, Bishop Basilio do Nascimento told Portuguese television on Monday.

The Bishop of Baucau said the group, all of whom worked for the Baucau diocese, were gunned down on Saturday and their bodies dumped in a river.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Sydney Morning Herald - September 27, 1999

Mark Dodd, Dili – A vast cache of documentary and forensic evidence linking Jakarta's involvement to hardline pro-Indonesian militias accused of horrendous human rights abuses continues to lie unsecured in Dili one week after the arrival of Australian-led peacekeepers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
Straits Times - September 27 1999

Major political heavyweights hope to arrive at some consensus on the rules of the game for the presidential election scheduled for Nov 10

September 26, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Agence France Presse - September 26, 1999

Jakarta – Drug abuse has become a major social ill in Indonesia, especially among the young, a report said Sunday adding without urgent preventive action, "a new catastrophe" was in the making.

Drug counsellors said peer pressure, poor enforcement and lack of treatment facilities were among the key factors contributing to the rise of the drug scourge.

September 25, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Reuters - September 25, 1999

Jakarta – The streets of Indonesia's capital were quiet on Saturday after days of bloody anti-military riots in which at least six people were reported to have been killed, but security forces were wary of more unrest.

News ›› East Timor ›› Human Rights & Justice
South China Morning Post - September 25, 1999

Stephanie Nebehay, Geneva – Asian and Western states failed to agree yesterday on whether to launch a UN inquiry into killings in East Timor, and a UN Commission on Human Rights special session on the issue was due to resume on Monday.

News ›› Aceh ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Agence France Presse - September 25, 1999

Jakarta – Leaflets are circulating in the troubled Indonesian province of Aceh calling on all Acehnese civil servants to go on strike from October 1, a report said Saturday.

The leaflets, allegedly issued by the separatist Aceh Merdeka (Free Aceh) movement, called on the civil servants to halt work from the first minute of October 1, the Aceh-based Serambi daily said.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Washington Post - September 25, 1999

Keith B. Richburg, Kupang – They fled here in abject retreat, packed onto trucks scrawled with the names of their militia gangs and bringing with them their assault rifles, machetes and dreams of revenge.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
The Melbourne Age - September 25, 1999

Louise Williams, Darwin – Several days before he was killed in East Timor, the Dutch journalist Sander Thoenes was discussing his concerns over the political manipulations behind the public face of the Indonesian Government and military, and the violence and death that power struggle would wreak.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
South China Morning Post - September 25, 1999

Michael Zielenziger, Dili – His eyes are rheumy and his legs are weak, but for a man in his 80s, Manuel Francisco Gusmao looks fairly healthy – considering the father of resistance leader Xanana Gusmao was reported on September 7 to have been killed by pro-Jakarta militia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
South China Morning Post - September 25, 1999

Vaudine England, Jakarta – Moves to accelerate the constitutional process of finding a new Indonesian president are well under way, promoted by a group of opposition political parties.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
Jakarta Post - September 25, 1999

Jakarta – City authorities will deploy as many as 605 companies or about 60,000 security officers to safeguard the upcoming General Session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Governor Sutiyoso said on Friday.

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Reuters - September 25, 1999

Philippe Naughton, Dili – UN forces tightened their grip on Dili on Saturday and began venturing into East Timor's interior to secure routes for desperately needed aid.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Agence France Presse - September 25, 1999

Jakarta – Angry mobs paralyzed downtown Manokwari in Indonesia's remote Irian Java province on Saturday, a day after police shot dead one man and wounded two others during an outbreak of violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Sydney Morning Herald - September 25, 1999

Craig Skehan, Peter Cole-Adams and Mark Metherell – Indonesia turned up the heat on Australia yesterday with accusations of torture by Interfet forces in East Timor and bans on wheat imports as it tried to deflect attention from worsening civil unrest.

September 24, 1999

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Washington Post - September 24, 1999 (abridged)

Doug Struck, Dili – As a large contingent of Indonesian troops marched to the port to withdraw from East Timor today, the international peacekeeping force here tightened its control of this capital city.

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
The Straits Times - September 24, 1999

Kalinga Seneviratne – Australia has taken the high moral ground in organising the rescue of the East Timorese people, perhaps 25 years too late.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
South China Morning Post - September 24, 1999

Nature has taken over the garden of Manuel Carrascalao's house in Dili. Tall weeds grow between paving stones and flies buzz in the air. As you approach the well at the back of the garden, the soft hum of millions of maggots becomes audible.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Australian Financial Review - September 24, 1999

Geoffrey Barker – Few, if any, Indonesian military chiefs and their militia proxies are likely to be tried, convicted and jailed for atrocities committed in East Timor before and since the August 30 independence ballot.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Associated Press - September 24, 1999

Slobodan Lekic, Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Friday suspended a new law giving the armed forces expanded emergency powers, a day after its passage sparked one of the most serious protests to hit the capital since former President Suharto was forced from power.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Sydney Morning Herald - September 24, 1999

Craig Skehan and Ningrum Widyastuty, Jakarta – Police used tear gas and beat protesters in the streets of Jakarta as pro-democracy groups claimed the way had been cleared for Indonesia to be ruled by a military junta in the wake of Parliament's passage of new security laws yesterday.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Bloomberg News, Reuters, AFP - September 24, 1999

Jakarta – Journalist Sander Thoenes, found dead in East Timor yesterday, recently exposed a US$250-million scandal at a company controlled by the brother of Lt-General Prabowo Subianto, the former commander of Indonesia's elite special forces or Kopassus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
South China Morning Post - September 24, 1999

Vaudine England, Jakarta – At least three people were killed and more than 50 others injured in another bloody clash between security forces and at least 10,000 Indonesian demonstrators yesterday protesting against a new law giving the armed forces sweeping emergency powers.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - September 24, 1999

Dili – Multinational troops clamped down on East Timor's militia with a raid and a high-profile arrest Friday and issued warnings against Indonesian soldiers wreaking havoc as they retreat.

The soldiers have burned their barracks behind them and let out volleys of automatic gunfire in defiant parting gestures as they are shipped out of the territory.

News ›› East Timor ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Agence France Presse - September 24, 1999

Sydney – A map smuggled out of West Timor purports to outline Indonesian plans to disperse 100,000 East Timorese across the archipelago, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio said Friday.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Sydney Morning Herald - September 24, 1999

Bernard Lagan – Suspected supporters of East Timor's independence were executed on ships taking refugees from the territory and their bodies dumped in the sea, according to witness accounts collected by an Australian election observer who has just returned from Kupang, West Timor.

September 23, 1999

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Agence France Presse - September 23, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesia on Thursday lifted martial law in East Timor and said it expected to hand over control of security in the territory to the UN-approved force there on Friday or Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Agence France Presse - September 23, 1999

Washington – Events in East Timor and the Bank Bali scandal threaten to derail Indonesia's fragile economic recovery but it has not yet been knocked completely off track, the World Bank said Thursday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Independent - September 23, 1999

At Least 100 members of the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) in East Timor have deserted and joined the pro-independence Falintil guerrilla movement, in a further indication of discord within TNI ranks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Sydney Morning Herald - September 23, 1999

Sarah Crichton, Kupang, the capital of West Timor, may soon explode into riots because of mounting tension between local residents and arrogant militias from East Timor, says a returning aid worker.

September 21, 1999

News ›› East Timor ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Sydney Morning Herald - September 21, 1999

Lauren Martin – East Timorese resistance leaders had "disappeared" from militia-guarded refugee camps across the border, and the mainly women and children who remained were at risk of becoming hostages to other vigilantes, a Senate committee heard in Canberra yesterday.

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Sydney Morning Herald - September 21, 1999

Lindsay Murdoch, Dili – The thugs of Dili's streets disappeared quickly. When the first Australian soldiers arrived in full combat dress, their rifles at the ready, the militiamen pretended they were the very refugees they had terrorised for weeks.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
South China Morning Post - September 21, 1999

Anne-Marie Evans – Eurico Guterres, leader of the Aitarak anti-independence militia, was made the head of a clandestine military-funded organisation earlier this year and supplied with guns and money, a source said yesterday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
South China Morning Post - September 21, 1999

Vaudine England, Jakarta – International calls for the prosecution of Indonesians for war crimes in East Timor are sure to meet stiff opposition in Jakarta, and even some human rights monitors in the capital suggest now is not the time to pile on yet more pressure.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - September 21, 1999

Singapore – An American journalist and activist deported from Indonesia said Monday he was convinced armed forces chief General Wiranto was behind the militia killings in East Timor.

Allan Nairn was in Dili for about two weeks before Indonesian authorities detained him for violating visa regulations by entering the country as a tourist.

September 20, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
International Herald Tribune - September 20, 1999

Keith B. Richburg, Jakarta – In the port town of Balikpapan, on Borneo island, an Australian diplomat was dispatched to help rescue Australian mine workers besieged by people demonstrating against foreigners. He spent most of his time hiding from angry crowds, running down back stairwells and being trundled into a getaway van.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
New York Times - September 20, 1999

Seth Mydans, Jakarta – When international peacekeepers land in East Timor in the days ahead, they will witness the departure of a defeated Indonesian army at the lowest ebb in its history – humbled, hesitant, embittered and convulsively violent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Dow Jones Newswires - September 20, 1999

Grainne McCarthy, Jakarta – The drastic deterioration in relations between Indonesia and Australia over East Timor threatens to damage trade and investment between the two countries, business executives say.