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Governor orders arrest of local politicians

Lusa - December 5, 1997

Macau – The Governor of East Timor, Abilio Osorio Soares, has ordered the police to arrest the leaders of the Movement for the Reunification and Unification of the People of East Timor (MRUPTL) recently created in Dili, the secretary-general of MRUPTL told Lusa on Thursday.

"We were informed yesterday (Wednesday) the governor had had a meeting with the police and army chiefs two days ago and that he had ordered our arrest, on Sunday at the latest", said Francisco Lopes de Carvalho, contacted by telephone from Macau.

He added that no one had been arrested yet.

The president of the MRUPTL, Manuel Carrascalao, told Lusa in Perth where he is attending the congress of the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) that he was "quite concerned" with the situation of the other leaders of the movement.

Carrascalao, 65, said he did not fear returning to Dili, despite the arrest order.