East Timor: 15 Years Since the Santa Cruz Massacre
Prospects for Justice, Prospects for Peace

with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Shirley Shackleton and others

Monday, Nov 13, 7 p.m.

Assembly Hall, Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Sq., Manhattan

$10 donation requested. No one turned away.

Contact John M. Miller, 718-596-7668;  john@etan.org for more information or to help. (If you can come early to help us set up, please let us know.)


On November 12, 1991, Indonesian troops opened fire on a memorial procession to the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor's capital, that had turned into a peaceful pro-independence demonstration. Hundreds of East Timorese were murdered. This massacre, unlike many others committed during Indonesia's 24-year occupation, was witnessed by foreign journalist, including Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

This tragic event was a crucial turning point in the East Timor's struggle for freedom. Western media finally began acknowledging the brutality of Indonesia's illegal occupation, the international solidarity movement strengthened, and government policies began to change. Here in the U.S., the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN) was formed to demand that the U.S. support self-determination and end its support for the Indonesian military.


For more than 30 years, Shirley Shackleton has dedicated her life to the East Timorese people. Her husband Greg was one of five journalists murdered in October 1975 in Balibo, East Timor, in a prelude to the Indonesian invasion that would come December 7. The five Australia-based journalists were sent by Australian television networks to investigate attacks along the border with Indonesian-controlled West Timor. The five journalists were murdered by Indonesian forces on Oct. 16, 1975. There has never been a full judicial inquiry into their deaths. Soon after the Santa Cruz massacre, she wrote: "When the true history is written, huge massacres will be revealed to have occurred all over East Timor in the 16 years of the illegal occupation by Indonesian forces....I believe that the biggest human rights abuse is the military occupation. The military must go, and all this nonsense about the East Timorese having to accept Indonesia as overlords, must cease."

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