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DATE=8/28/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR VIOLENCE / S NUMBER=2-253213 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=DILI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: There have been more attacks by armed militias against pro-independence groups in East Timor. The disputed territory is set to hold a referendum Monday to decide whether its 800 thousand residents want to remain a part of Indonesia -- nearly a quarter century after Jakarta forcibly annexed the former Portuguese colony. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports from the East Timorese capital, Dili. TEXT: Villages and towns outside East Timor's capital are still being terrorized by what the United Nations says are anti-independence militias bent on disrupting Monday's U-N / sponsored referendum. At least four people have been killed in various attacks since Friday. Reports reaching the capital say more than a score of homes were destroyed in on-going violence, believed to be carried out by pro-Jakarta militias who do not want East Timor becoming a separate country. The United Nations Spokesman here is David Wimhurst. ///WIMHURST ACTUALITY/// This seems to be the last attempt by the militia to destabilize the situation before we go to the polls on Monday. ///END ACTUALITY/// Reports reaching Dili say many people living in outlying areas have either fled or gone into hiding fearing that violence of this type will continue through referendum day -- especially if, as expected, the vote registers a strong support for independence. (Signed) NEB/WTW/NS/DWJ-T / wd 28-Aug-1999 02:54 AM LOC (28-Aug-1999 0654 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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