• Short Summary

    Fierce fighting raged between rival factions for control of Portuguese Timor on Sunday (30 August).?

  • Description

    1.
    SV & CU Troops (4 shots)
    0.11

    2.
    CU Soldier answers reporter's questions
    0.32

    3.
    GV & TRAVEL SHOT Damaged building (2 shots)
    1.01

    4.
    GV PAN FROM Building TO dead man
    1.05

    5.
    SCU Woman crying
    1.10

    6.
    GV & SV Troops firing (3 shots)
    1.23

    7.
    GV Refugees PAN TO boats
    1.31

    8.
    CU Refugee
    1.34

    9.
    LV ZOOM IN Indonesian troops coming to shore
    1.39

    10.
    SV Refugees walk out to boats
    1.47

    11.
    SV Indonesia troops on guard (2 shots)
    1.52

    12.
    GV Refugees on shore and ships waiting (3 shots)
    2.06


    TRANSCRIPT: "Fretilin in control. The leftist faction in the civil war that has raged for three weeks. Soldiers like these claim to have mortared refugees on the Dili docks, to have cut the throats of women and children.



    "This street appeared to suffer the worst destruction during the last three or four days of heavy fighting. And that's because it marked the border line between the forces of the UDT on the western side of the city, and the forces of the Fretilin on the eastern side of the city. Some shops bear evidence of looting, although in many areas the city seems to have stood up better than any reports have suggested.



    "A small Dunkirk of several hundred refugees struggled to reach the long boats that will take them out to Indonesian freighters. Indonesia marines landed two days age and were asked to leave by Portuguese authorities. But they come again to escort the refugees and the Fretilin soldiers simply watch.



    "The UDT still holds large sections in the eastern and western regions. Fretilin has gained the most important victory so far by capturing Dili, but in this war the term victory is tragic and meaningless. There is growing concern that Indonesia will move in to prevent any possibility of a pro-Communist Dili. And so in fighting for independence, the Timorese will lose it."




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    TELERECORDING
    The film includes commentary by TCN Nine reporter, Gerald Stone.
    REPORTER: GERALD STONE

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Fierce fighting raged between rival factions for control of Portuguese Timor on Sunday (30 August).

    The left wing Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) appeared to have gained control of the capital, Dili, but the rival Timor Democratic Union (UDT) still holds the second largest tow, Gaucau, and sections of the eastern and western regions.

    Bodies still litter the streets -- stark evidence of the continuing battle.

    Meanwhile discussion continues on whether a multi-national Peace keeping force will go to Timor.

    Indonesia and Portugal have agreed there should be a peacekeeping authority in which they would be represented, along with Malaysia and Australia. Malaysia has already agreed, but Australian Prime Minister, Cough Whitlam has said his country would not send troops.

    Hundreds of people, including women and children are reported to have been killed in the civil war, which has raged for three weeks.

    A large scale air-lift of medical supplies started from Darwin on Tuesday (2 September).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6321C2BN2JVMX84W3V9UVCZIC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6321C2BN2JVMX84W3V9UVCZIC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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