10 months East Timor marks 20th year of independence Manilatimes |World
DILI, East Timor: East Timor on Friday marked 20 years since a United Nations (UN)-backed vote ended a bloody, decades-long occupation by Indonesian forces and paved the way for it to become an independent nation. Banners and flags dotted the capital Dili as residents geared up for celebrations later in the day, two decades after the tiny nation saw a rocky transition to stable democracy. But there has been little justice for the families of those who died in a wave of bloodshed unleashed by the Indonesian army following the 1999 independence vote, which was eventually quelled by Australian-led UN ... more