The end of Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor as seen from Darwin, Jakarta and West Timor

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This paper primarily concerns observations made when I was a PhD student in Darwin, Jakarta and West Timor around the time of the end of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. I was in Darwin during the period leading up to the independence referendum and like countless others watched on in horror as the militias unleashed their terror. I had to travel to
Jakarta to apply for research permits only days after the arrival of the Australian-led INTERFET force in Dili and experienced the strong reaction the independence vote created there. Later, I travelled through West Timor to conduct my research and saw many signs of the dislocation caused by the militias, including the many refugee camps. The local media
and many discussions with local people further shaped my impressions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeskiza foun kona ba/ Novas investigações sobre/ New research on/ Penelitian baru mengenai Timor-Leste
EditorsPeter Job, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Mendes, Alarico da Costa Ximenes, Mica Barreto Soares, Sara Niner, Therese Tam
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherTimor-Leste Studies Association
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-925761-03-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventNew Research on Timor-Leste: A TLSA Conference - Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, Timor-Leste
Duration: 29 Jun 201730 Jun 2017


ConferenceNew Research on Timor-Leste
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