• East Timor- A tragedy ignored (OpEd, The Globe and Mail, 1985)

    Author(s):
    Derek Rasmussen (see profile)
    Date:
    1985
    Subject(s):
    Timorese, Timor-Leste, Anti-imperialist movements, War Crimes Program (Canada), Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente, Peace--Study and teaching, Peace movements, Solidarity
    Item Type:
    Newspaper article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/7gjg-jn30
    Abstract:
    An OpEd written on Dec 7, the tenth anniversary of the Indonesian military's US-backed invasion of East Timor on Dec 7 1975, killing approx 1/3 of the E.Timorese population. Despite Canada being the largest western investor in Indonesia at the time, the Canadian government refused to intervene politically to stem Indonesian war crimes, and refused to condemn the invasion or condemn the Indonesian dictator Suharto. Canada's government ignored the tragedy; preferring to curry favour with Canada's mining industry which had major investment in Indonesia. The accompanying photo was taken by Canadian photographer Elaine Briere, one of the last travelers to visit Timor before the invasion, thus taking some of the last pictures of the population before the mass killings and starvation by Indonesia's military. (Elaine went on to work tirelessly from Canada to bring about an end to the war and to bring about human rights and justice for East Timorese).
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