• Short Summary

    Groups supporting the Fretilin movement in East Timor and protesting the Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony held a demonstration and march in Sydney, Australia, on Friday (19 March) which met with police opposition.

  • Description

    Groups supporting the Fretilin movement in East Timor and protesting the Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony held a demonstration and march in Sydney, Australia, on Friday (19 March) which met with police opposition.

    In the first of a series of planned demonstrations, about 600 people gathered on the campus of Sydney University where they heard speeches by pro-Fretilin students and Timorese Fretilin spokesmen. Later they marched through the streets towards the Indonesian consulate and were confronted by 100 police, who formed cordons to force the demonstrators off the road and onto footpaths.

    Scuffles followed and several students wet picked up bodily and placed in police vehicles. They were later charged with using "unseemly words" and with disobeying a "reasonable order".

    One of the organisers of the demonstration, Denis Freney, said that Fretilin was fighting a "forgotten war"l against Indonesian invaders in Timor. He also said that reports were being received of Indonesian pogroms against Timorese civilians.

    The demonstrators criticised the Australian Government for withdrawing the use of a radio in Darwin which had been used by Fretilin supporters to keep in touch with their troops in Timor.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA75QK6QJRO6BZ1TKY94N025MF7
    Media URN:
    VLVA75QK6QJRO6BZ1TKY94N025MF7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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