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.
SV Demonstrators with banner marching through Sydney streets chanting "Indonesian troops out now" (2 shots)
SV Police stop marchers, pushing them from road into footpath
SV Police drag demonstrator from car and put him into police wagon
SV Indonesians look on as demonstrators continue their march (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators again scuffling with police
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Background: 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.