East Timor: Security Elusive

10.10.08

Categorie: East Timor |

cimg1327.JPGThe U.S. embassy in Dili, East Timor, is warning American citizens of increasing security measures in the tiny, resource-rich country. Timor’s police have set up checkpoints to search for illegal weapons and, apparently, Indonesian infiltrators. “Please be aware of your surroundings,” the embassy advised in an email.

Eight months after rebel assassins shot and wounded new president Jose Ramos-Horta, East Timor, one of the world’s newest countries, is no closer to lasting security. On the street level, rebels, bandits and youth gangs are persistent threats. Higher up, the country is squabbling with Australia over access to $90-billion worth of oil and natural gas off East Timor’s coast. The oil and gas lie in a field that both East Timor and Australia claim. Both countries want the pipeline to terminate on their soil, for obvious reasons.

Meanwhile, Timorese police have threatened to rebel over pay and promotion issues. The same issues two years ago resulted in shootouts in Dili that killed several policemen (pictured). In light of the continuing unrest, Australia has ruled out withdrawing its 1,000 peacekeeping troops.

(Photo: via me)

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6 Responses to “East Timor: Security Elusive”

  1. mad says:

    hug … hard photo, and not a world about it.
    who was he ?

  2. Robert says:

    i was just about to comment on the same thing. the uniform suggests that he was probably a police or paramilitary. rest in peace.

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  4. Spencer says:

    That is grodey man i think that is messed up! i really don’t think they swhould be doing this stuff.

  5. JP Cox says:

    I think this is one of the worst photo’s i’ve seen, and its crazy this is what comes up when I do a simple search on East Timor. This photo should have a warning and not shown unless someone wants to see it.

  6. Sam says:

    this is a sad picture to imagine friends and family of this guy looking and seeing what happened and his inners on the street next to him, I cant imagine what it looks like in Afghanistan. Rest In Peace.

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