SANTA CRUZ MASSACRE IN 1991
Type: Virtual Memorial
No of names: 271
Organisation: East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
List of the killed in the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in 1991 from the website of The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
"On November 12, 1991, Indonesian troops fired upon a peaceful memorial procession to a cemetery in Dili, East Timor that had turned into a pro-independence demonstration. More than 271 East Timorese were killed that day at the Santa Cruz cemetery or in hospitals soon after. An equal number were disappeared and are believed dead. This massacre, unlike many others which occurred during the course of Indonesia's U.S.-backed occupation, was filmed and photographed by international journalists. Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn, two U.S. reporters, were beaten during the massacre.
The Santa Cruz Massacre sparked the international solidarity movement for East Timor, including the founding of the East Timor Action Network, and was the catalyst for congressional action to stem the flow of U.S. weapons and other military assistance for Indonesia’s brutal security forces. Ali Alatas, former foreign minister of Indonesia, called the massacre a "turning point," which set in motion the events leading to East Timor's coming independence."
POSTED BY JON BRUNBERG ON 8/14/2009blog comments powered by Disqus