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Saturday, September 4, 1999 Published at 01:53 GMT 02:53 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

In pictures: East Timor's descent into anarchy

Armed anti-independence militiamen have taken to the streets of East Timor after the referendum on independence.

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While the votes were counted the mood in the streets grew uglier by the minute.

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Armed pro-Jakarta militias, often brandishing home-made weapons, set up roadblocks and started attacking people they believed had voted for independence.

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More than 600 people tried to escape the violence by gathering at the Carnossian Convent in the regional capital, Dili.

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Others decided to get out of East Timor altogether.

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For some it was too late. Their relatives could only mourn their killings.

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The Indonesian police has been accused of not doing enough to prevent the breakdown of law and order. In many cases they only watch as mobs rampage and houses burn.

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International journalists were attacked as well - many have now left East Timor.

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