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#30499 - 27 Apr 06 12:17 Timor troops riot over sacking
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Hundreds of former East Timorese soldiers have rioted in protest at their dismissal from the army.
On the third day of demonstrations in the capital Dili, soldiers and their supporters threw missiles at buildings and market stalls.

Nearly 600 soldiers went absent without leave last month to protest against their working conditions and what they called favouritism in promotions.

The government sacked them all - about a third of the total defence force.

East Timor police chief Paulo de Fatima Martins said dozens of former soldiers broke away from the rally on Wednesday and started throwing stones at buildings and attacking market stalls with sticks.

Hundreds of police from nearby towns were called in, he told the Associated Press, and five people were arrested.

It was not clear if they were soldiers or civilian protesters.

Resentment

Some of the demonstrators invaded houses, the AFP news agency reported.

"I was with my sleeping child when the house was suddenly attacked by people, some wearing fatigues," homeowner Lorenca Miranda said.

"I also saw three policemen in the area run away when the attack was taking place," she said.

The soldiers - many of them from western districts of the country - originally left their posts because they believed they were missing out on promotion to colleagues from the east, according to protest leader Gastao Salsinha.

Many of the troops, who are veterans of the 25-year fight for independence from Indonesia, feel they have not been given the recognition they deserve for their past sacrifices, says the BBC's Tim Johnston in Jakarta.

East Timor's foreign minister said the government would review some of the soldiers' complaints on a case-by-case basis.

The dismissal of nearly 600 soldiers is a serious blow to the army, which numbers only about 1,400 personnel.

A recent UN report said that although East Timor had made some impressive gains in recent years, it also had deeply entrenched problems and is the poorest country in the region.
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#30500 - 27 Apr 06 12:30 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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I think many people now agree that East Timor was ont ready for independence, and will naver be large enough to stand alone.

I predict it will fall into chaos like so many of the smaller countries in the region.

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#30501 - 27 Apr 06 13:39 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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They want it they have it now...so the price to pay
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#30502 - 27 Apr 06 13:47 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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I have a town in Timor named after me? I never knew that!
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#30503 - 27 Apr 06 13:48 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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The problem is, once again Australia is paying. We are keeping Timor afloat with money, and now hundreds will turn up as refugees.

Another stupid distaster.

Asnd if we are not careful West Papua will go the same way.

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#30504 - 27 Apr 06 13:54 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Originally posted by Dilligaf -HMFIC:
I have a town in Timor named after me? I never knew that!
Yeah I wonder too why they don't take it the complete name, just Dili smile
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#30505 - 27 Apr 06 14:07 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Originally posted by Dilligaf -HMFIC:
I have a town in Timor named after me? I never knew that!
They have a town called SmallDick?

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#30506 - 27 Apr 06 14:32 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Yes, its at the North Pole, twinned with Fatass and Dogbreff
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#30507 - 27 Apr 06 14:40 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Just north of Sinkabeer, near Chuckasickie?

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#30508 - 27 Apr 06 15:09 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Ah, my favourite places
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#30509 - 27 Apr 06 15:17 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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Registered: 23 Nov 05
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Or Rootanayam?

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#30510 - 27 Apr 06 17:13 Re: Timor troops riot over sacking
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U two must hang out a lot in Timor smile
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