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Monday, March 9, 1998 Published at 11:55 GMT


Rare interviews from East Timor

Indonesian police in action in East Timor in 1994

For the quarter of a century since Indonesian troops stormed onto the Pacific island, the people of East Timor have lived through repression. As President Suharto faced economic crisis and riots at home in the weeks before his resignation, the Timorese came to believe their moment of salvation may be at hand. BBC correspondent Mike Donkin went there.


Mike Donkin reports on Timor
This report includes a rare interview with a guerrilla leader, who claims growing military success and popular support, but admits these are still not enough.

"They kill us," he tells me. "They beat us with guns. "We will still not stop. "And the people in the villages will always help us."

"But the guerrillas can never win this war from the mountains. "There must be some political agreement to free East Timor, he says."





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