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Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 10:51 GMT
In pictures: East Timor riots
Rioting in East Timor has left at least two people dead, prompting an increase in police powers and a curfew. The protests started peacefully, following the arrest of a student.

It is the worst violence in East Timor since it became the word's newest country in May.

Fire near the home of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri
As the protest grew, students went on the rampage, setting fire to vehicles and buildings.

East Timorese run after setting fire on a foreign-owned supermarket in Dili, East Timor, 4 Dec. 2002 (AP photo)
An Australian-owned supermarket was attacked...

An East Timorese carries goods looted from shops in Dili, East Timor, 4 Dec. 2002.
...and protesters looted shops.

East Timor's President Xanana Gusmao (second from left) and civilian police
President Xanana Gusmao visited the scene but had to be escorted to safety.

Student protesters, Dili
East Timor is one of the world's poorest countries, with high unemployment.

East Timorese civilian police officers block a protesters on a road in Dili, East Timor, 4 Dec 2002.
Our correspondent says the protesters are frustrated that the good life has not come to them quickly enough.


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