Controversy Rages in Britain Over Arms Sales to East Timor

September 21, 1999

With untold number of deaths in Timor even in the last few weeks, battles are beginning to rage in legislatures around the world about governments’ military backing of the Indonesian military. In Britain, a controversy is raging over the government’s sale of Hawk fighter planes to the Indonesian government


  • Allan Nairn, journalist and human rights activist who was just deported from East Timor. He was also expelled last year after he accused the Pentagon of training the special forces unit in violation of a congressional ban on working with Indonesian forces. Speaking from Singapore.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, Labor member of the British Parliament and a UN observer of the Timor referendum.
  • Ciaron O’Reilly, long-time peace activist in Britain. He has served time in a US prison for hammering on a B-52 bomber shortly before the Gulf War. Most recently he is facing time in Britain for his protest against British Aerospace and their Hawk fighter planes used in Indonesia and East Timor.