• Short Summary

    More than 250 Portuguese refugees who fled from fighting between rival political groups in Portuguese Timer arrived in the north Australian port of Darwin on Thursday (14 August).

  • Description

    More than 250 Portuguese refugees who fled from fighting between rival political groups in Portuguese Timer arrived in the north Australian port of Darwin on Thursday (14 August).

    The refugees -- most of them wives and children of Portuguese troops stationed in the island capital, Dili -- arrived from Timor in a 1200-ton Panamanian freighter, Macdili.

    On Friday (15 August), they boarded a jumbo jet and headed for Portugal. But three families chose to remain in Darwin.

    Also on the freighter among the 272 refugees were several Australian tourists who were forced to leave because of the fighting. One of these, Mr. Wayne Crowhurst, of Sydney, told newsmen that 13-year-old children were trooping around the pacific island with rifles. He said one of the two main political parties, the Timor Democratic Union (UTD) had been increasing its control there.

    In Darwin on Sunday (17 August), Portugal's Chief of Political Affairs in the troubled colony said as many as 100 people had been killed in mountain fighting there.

    Major Fransico Mota arrived in Australia by air from East Timor where fighting between rival groups has intensified in the past week. He said most of the deaths had been in the mountains. There had been some accidental deaths in Dili, he said.

    "Dili has been in control of troops since the beginning and we are doing all we can to avoid fights", he said.

    Major Mota was on his way to Lisbon to report to President Francisco da Costa Gomes on the situation.

    This film includes an interview with Australian Wayne Crowhurst which is transcribed below.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IPO1SBQJXJODT2Z2FLEODJV3
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IPO1SBQJXJODT2Z2FLEODJV3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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