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Students trace the footsteps of resistance fighters

Dili Weekly - November 6, 2014

Martinha Gusmao – The National University of Timor-Lorosa'e (UNTL) donated $200 to student society AKHANA in support of their march from Larigatu, Ossu, to Dili.

Department of Community Development and Social Action chief in the office of the vice rector for student affairs Juviano Alves Reis said the march was part of the FALINTIL Day commemorations.

"Twenty UNTL students marched from Larigatu in sub-district of Ossu, Viqueque, to Dili," he said. "They marched for a week, starting from August 12 and finishing August 20."

During the march the students visited sites significant to the struggle for independence including hide-outs used by guerrilla fighters to plan their clandestine activities. They also visited a site where the late Francisco Xavier do Amaral was punished.

The State Secretariat for Youth and Sport provided marchers with tarpaulins and other items while F-FDTL provided food.

Secretary of State for Youth and Sport Miguel Marques Manetelo said the march gave ESHANA members a taste of what their FALINTIL forebears experienced during the occupation.

Source: http://www.thediliweekly.com/en/news/education/12848-students-trace-the-footsteps-of-resistance-fighters