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East Timor Marks First Anniversary of Independence Vote

HeadlineAug 30, 2000

East Timor marked the first anniversary of its historic independence vote today with tearful prayers for those killed by the Indonesian military in the long fight for independence and calls for a war crimes tribunal for those responsible. Thousands of people walked or rode in UN trucks and motorbikes to a cathedral in Dili, East Timor’s capital, to give thanks for their freedom. Thousands gathered also at Dili’s Santa Cruz cemetery, the scene of the 1991 massacre in which more than 270 Timorese were gunned down by the Indonesian military. We’ll go to Dili, East Timor, in just a few minutes.

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