TITLE=EAST TIMOR VIOLENCE / S
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.
This seems to be the last attempt by the militia to
destabilize the situation before we go to the polls on
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.
NEB/WTW/NS/DWJ-T / wd
28-Aug-1999 02:54 AM LOC (28-Aug-1999 0654 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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