• Short Summary

    As Portuguese and Indonesian officials attempt to arrange peace in war-torn Portuguese Timor, the first film of fighting between rival independence groups has been brought out of the country.

  • Description

    As Portuguese and Indonesian officials attempt to arrange peace in war-torn Portuguese Timor, the first film of fighting between rival independence groups has been brought out of the country.

    The film was taken by a steward aboard the Norwegian freighter Lloyd Bkke, which took 1,700 refugees from Dili to Darwin in northern Australia.

    About 2,000 people are believed to have died in the fighting between the U.D.T., a right-wing independence group and Fretelin, a loftlist movement favouring ties with the present administration in Portugal.

    Mortars hit buildings along the harbourside of Dili as launches brought refugees from the capital out to the Lloyd Bakke.

    Refugees reported being caught in the crossfire as Fretilin gunners raked Dili's wharf area. Several injured refugees were taken to hospital as soon as they landed in Darwin. Another 800 refugees were brought to Darwin by the cargo vessel Macdili.

    Many refugees are being housed in the liner Patris which has been moored in Darwin harbour for accommodation for the victims of the cyclone in the town last Christmas. Some refugees have been flown south to the Australian state capitals and Australian Qantas jumbo jet aircraft have flown Portuguese nationals back to Lisbon.

    Latest reports say fighting has almost stopped in Dili which is believed to be in Fretelin hands. Meanwhile Portuguese envoy Dr. Antonio Almeida Santos is flying from the Indonesian capital, Djakarta to Australia after talks about possible Indonesian intervention in the colony.

    SYNOPSIS: The Norwegian freighter Lloyd Bakke prepares to take refugees away from Dili, the war torn capital of Portuguese Timor. About two thousand people are believed to have died in the fighting between the U.D.T., a right-wing independence group and Fretelin, a leftist-movement favouring ties with the present administration in Portugal. This rocket landed near a church in the wharfside area of Dili which is almost entirely in Fretelin hands.

    The film--the first to show anything of the war in remote Portuguese Timor--was shot by a Steward of the Lloyd Bakke as the ship took on refugees. The Lloyd Bakke took over a thousand refugees from Dili to Darwin in northern Australia.

    In Darwin, the liner Patris has become home for the refugees who did not need hospital treatment. The Patris has been moored in Darwin since the cyclone which hit the town last Christmas. It took some time before officials with the help of interpreters could explain that the Patris was not going anywhere. All had a story to tell. One lady's husband was a administrator of highland province. He had been taken prisoner but he ordered his family to flee.

    Australian Qantas jumbo jets have taken many of the Portuguese refugees back to Portugal. There wore repetitions of the previous days tearful scenes as those leaving said goodbye to their friends who had decided to stay behind. Many of the native refugees are frightened about going to Portugal. Over eight hundred have opted to stay in Australia. Others say they are waiting to see what happen in Timor.

    Latest reports say fighting has almost stopped in Dili as Indonesian and Portuguese officials attempt to arrange a peace.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5FGI9DJBKPQXRCEYTGIWAPU7H
    Media URN:
    VLVA5FGI9DJBKPQXRCEYTGIWAPU7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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