Companion to East Timor - Leaflets from Campaign for an Independent East Timor, South Australia (CIET) 2

Leaflets from Campaign for an Independent East Timor, South Australia (CIET)

Leaflets 1989 - 1994

Leaflets 1995 - 1996 (below)

Leaflets 1997 and later

1995 - 1996


Calls for political asylum for East Timorese refugees.


On 9 January 1995, students began a protest at the University of East Timor. Jose Antonio Belo, a student activist and the leader of the protest, was on the first floor of the university with a camera. He filmed the occasion along with other activists, Manuel Fraga and Fernando Conçeiçao. He and another student activist named Jose Pinto were taken in a van belonging to Indonesian intelligence, hands tied behind their backs, and driven to the Intelligence headquarters in Colmera, a suburb of Dili, against the traffic. A foreign eyewitness, Tony Jefferies, later reported that the van was 'shaking like a cement mixer' as Jose Belo and Jose Pinto were being bashed inside it.


This CIET leaflet at the time of the ANZAC Day celebrations in 1995 draws attention to the East Timorese support of Australian troops during World War II.


This leaflet makes reference to Greg Hunt, who spoke on behalf of foreign affairs spokesperson for the Liberal–National Coalition, Alexander Downer. Hunt's speech contained this sentence, 'We cannot simply speak with a loud voice when injustice occurs on the other side of the world, whilst whispering softly or remaining silent when similar events take place within our own region.'


Major protests arose in Australia when Indonesia announced that its new ambassador to Australia would be Lieutenant-General Herman Mantiri. Mantiri had previously made statements defending the Santa Cruz massacre, saying 'We don't regret anything. What happened was quite proper.' A coalition of more than sixty Australian politicians known as 'Parliamentarians for East Timor' wrote to Gareth Evans objecting to Mantiri's appointment. They said, 'We do not believe that any statement by General Mantiri seeking to explain his previously advocated position on East Timor will be sufficient to mollify our concerns or those of others about his appointment … It is our view that General Mantiri's appointment will attract public opposition which will inevitably detract from, or retard and even harm our developing close relationship with Indonesia. We request that you do all in your power to dissuade the Indonesian Government from proceeding with General Mantiri's appointment.' Evans was forced to request his counterpart (and Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia) Ali Alatas to cancel Mantiri's appointment.1 Mantiri tried to express his 'sadness' and 'regret', but the nature of his regret became clear in an interview in which he explained he regretted that 'we lost a lot of generals as a result of the incident… We are sad because as a result of the incident they were no longer used. We have lost several generals whom we have been educating since they were cadets. That's expensive.'


CIET commentary on the Mantiri ambassadorial appointment.


Leaflet calling for protests against the Indonesian military's participation in Exercise Kangaroo 1995.


The Timor Gap Treaty between Australia and Indonesia entered into force on 9 February 1991. Portugal brought an action against Australia in the International Court of Justice. Australian support groups openly sided with Portugal against their own government, writing letters to the editor, holding press conferences and speaking up against the legality of the Timor Gap Treaty. An Australian lawyer, Ms Sasha Stepan, appeared on the bench with the Portuguese legal team. This leaflet advertises a public talk about the court case.


First page of a letter to Kieran Kelly, Honorary Indonesian Consul, on the anniversary of Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.


Second page of a letter to Kieran Kelly, Honorary Indonesian Consul, on the anniversary of Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.


First page of a leaflet about riots in East Timor.


Second page of a leaflet about riots in East Timor. In early September 1995, a prison officer in Maliana named Sanusi Abubakar made insulting remarks about Catholicism, calling it 'nothing but garbage'. He also made insulting remarks about the Virgin Mary. Hundreds of East Timorese students protested, and the authorities responded with arrests and interrogation of those directly involved as well as of suspected members of the clandestine resistance.


Leaflet advertising a photographic exhibition about East Timor's assistance to Australian forces in World War II. Australian activist Andrew McNaughtan organized an exhibition of photographs from the Australian War Memorial. Along with the photographs, the exhibition featured reminiscences by Australian soldiers who had fought in East Timor during World War II. It also contained the testimony of many East Timorese who had helped these soldiers.


More on Andrew McNaughtan's 'Australia Remembers Timor 1941-45' exhibition.


Another leaflet on the Andrew McNaughtan exhibition. The exhibition was also used in Japan in August 1995 by the Free East Timor Japan Coalition, which drew on many hours of recorded interviews conducted by McNaughtan with these East Timorese.


Commemoration mass on the fourth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre.


Leaflet advertising an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of FRETILIN's declaration of independence (28th November 1975).


First page of a leaflet advertising an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the invasion of East Timor.


Second page of a leaflet advertising an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the invasion of East Timor.


This leaflet reviews some aspects of Australian foreign policy towards Indonesia and East Timor from 1975 to 1995. It refers to Gareth Evans as "Old Slippery Lips". 


This leaflet discusses the 1995 Australia Indonesia Security Agreement. The Keating government concealed the negotiation of this treaty from the parliament and the people. Gareth Evans justified the secrecy, saying that it was 'difficult to do things in a fishbowl'. He argued that the secrecy was necessary in order 'to have a sensible process of negotiation' so as 'not to be thrown off the rails by people getting very excited about things before it's appropriate.' Keating tacitly acknowledged the public's opposition when he conceded that the Agreement might have been unachievable had its negotiation been preceded by public scrutiny, 'If there'd been a more public process, there probably wouldn't have been a treaty.'


Another leaflet on the 1995 Australia Indonesia Security Agreement.


First and last pages of a profile of Xanana Gusmao.


Second and third pages of a profile of Xanana Gusmao.


Fourth and fifth pages of a profile of Xanana Gusmao.


Sixth and seventh pages of a profile of Xanana Gusmao.


First page of a CIET leaflet following the 1995 treaty between Australia and Indonesia. It was prepared in the lead-up to the 1996 federal election.


Second page of a CIET leaflet following the 1995 treaty between Australia and Indonesia. It was prepared in the lead-up to the 1996 federal election.


First page of a CIET commentary after the March 1996 elections.


Second page of a CIET commentary after the March 1996 elections.


Leaflet advertising a public talk on May Day 1996.


CIET commentary after the March 1996 elections.


First page of a reply from the new foreign minister, Alexander
Downer.


Second page of a reply from the new foreign minister, Alexander
Downer.


Declaration by the Adelaide Young Christian Workers Movement.


Calls for an Australia-wide protest on 17 July, the anniversary of
Indonesia's formal integration of East Timor as its 27th province.


First page of a CIET commentary on 17 July, the anniversary of
Indonesia's formal integration of East Timor as its 27th province.


Second page of a CIET commentary on 17 July, the anniversary of
Indonesia's formal integration of East Timor as its 27th province.


Single-page view of CIET's commentary on 17 July, the anniversary of
Indonesia's formal integration of East Timor as its 27th province.


Plans to mark the anniversary of Indonesia's formal integration of
East Timor as its 27th province, 17th July.


Action by CIET on 17 July 1996, the anniversary of Indonesia's
formal integration of East Timor as its 27th province.


Leaflet advertising CIET rally on 17 July 1996.


Leaflet advertising CIET rally at the Indonesian Consulate on 17
August, the anniversary of Indonesia's independence from the
Netherlands.


CIET commentary on 17 August, the anniversary of Indonesia's
independence from the Netherlands.


Actions encouraged by CIET on 17 August, the anniversary of
Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.


CIET activism after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Jose
Ramos-Horta and Bishop Carlos Belo in 1996, and a rally to commemorate 7
December 1996, the anniversary of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor.


CIET commentary on the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize victory.


CIET call for a National Day of Mourning on 12 November, the
anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre, and an advertisement for a
dinner on the anniversary of FRETILIN's declaration of independence
(28th November 1975).

Leaflets 1989 - 1994

Leaflets 1995 - 1996 (above)

Leaflets 1997 and later


1 J. Rees, Driven to distraction, Far Eastern Economic Review, 3 August 1995.