Wednesday, September 8, 1999 Published at 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Intervene now - News Online readers
Demonstrators in Sydney demand ana end to the violence
BBC News Online has received more than 2,000 emails on East Timor, the vast majority in favour of international intervention to stop the bloodshed.
Half of these have come from the former colonial ruler of the territory, Portugal, which still has a strong affiliation with the Timorese.
Monica Ferreira asks,"What are we waiting for? While I'm writing this message many souls are being killed. I just can't stop thinking about that. I can't, I can't...."
"Today there will be a three minute pause in every activities in the country, including television, and later on there will be a human "belt" of 10 km around the embassies of the security council countries."
Ken Ball in the UK wrote: "If the UN does not intervene in East Timor, how can it justify having intervened in Kosovo - the situation is not greatly different except for the fact that East Timor is not in Europe - this is not a good enough criteria to select which countries the UN/Nato get involved in a military way. "
The actions of the Indonesian military in East Timor are causing concern to those in neighbouring countries. From Singapore Lim Lyn writes: "Its actions and intentions in East Timor is a frightening example of what Indonesia or its military can do in its expression of rage and disrespect for the undertakings it has given to the International community.
"It sets a worrying precedent for its Asean neighbours as to how this giant can behave when it does not get things its way."
Dirga Alamsyah writes: "Being an Indonesian, I' m honestly shamed by our military's bad record but they do want to improve now. Please give them last opportunity to restore order shortly in East Timor."
But for the vast majority international intervention is the only option and time is running out.
"They started as 600,000, when Indonesia invaded! They had 400,000, when they voted for independence! They will have 0, when finally independence arrives......" writes Paulo Coelho from Portugal.
The close proximity of Australia to the territory means refugees are already fleeing there in droves.
"Australia should accept responsibility to take a leading role,"writes Michael. "Since 1974 Australia has demonstrated a total lack of resolve to take any action against the institutionalised oppression occurring on its doorstep.
"Now is the time for Australia to display some moral leadership and take a firm hand against the bloody, corrupt regime in Jakarta. "
Correspondents from Brazil, Peru, Uganda and Guinea-Bissau have expressed their horror at what some have termed the "ethnic cleansing" or "genocide" of the East Timorese people.