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■East Timor declares state of emergency (2008/02/20)




East Timor declared a state of emergency 12th Feb after attacks on the country's top leaders in a failed coup left the president in "extremely serious" condition with gunshot wounds. The youth center that KnK run in Dili was closed in the meantime, but now it already reopened.
This is an article of local newspaper(13th Feb) in Dili.

DILI- The Government of East Timor Appealed the State of Emergency a day after the fail coup from the rebel group leaded by Major Alfredo Reinado.
The fail shooting against the president Jose Ramos Horta and the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao prompted the nation deepens to unending crisis.

The provisional president, Vicente Guterres notify the State of Emergency during the last two days’ speech through the local TV on Tuesday (2/12). Due to this emergency situation, the government would forbid demonstration and upgrade the authority to the police to do raid and detention.

“Our nation is in an extraordinary renormalization through a state of emergency. I need collaboration from all of you.” Guterres says.

As the speech turned out, the International forces and police are patrolling along the road of Dili. All shops closed, but so far, there is no report of any disturbance.

Damien Kingsbury, an expert of East Timor’s situation predicts that the dying of the rebel leader Alfredo Alves Reinaldo, would causes demonstration. But through the presence of a large number of International Stabilization Forces could redeem the orderliness.

Xanana on last night news says that the security around the city is under control. UN which is controlling the security sector in Dili has established inspection posts in all the main roads. “I appeal to all the supporters of Reinado to stay calm and respect his death. It is not the time of killing each other,” Xanana says.

The government has announced the extension of the state of emergency which supposed to obtain for only three days to ten days long, from February 13th until February 23rd due to the present situation.



 
 
 
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