• Short Summary

    Hundreds of young Indonesians demonstrated outside the Australian embassy in the Indonesian capital, Djakarta, on Wednesday (17 December) in protest against Australia's support at the United Nations for an independent East Timor.

  • Description

    Hundreds of young Indonesians demonstrated outside the Australian embassy in the Indonesian capital, Djakarta, on Wednesday (17 December) in protest against Australia's support at the United Nations for an independent East Timor.

    Australia has proposed setting up a U.N. peacekeeping force in the territory and an end to inter-factional fighting while negotiations are begun to discuss the Portuguese colony's future.

    Indonesian troops, described by Foreign Minister Adam Malik as "volunteers", invaded East Timor almost a fortnight ago, just seven days after the left-wing Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETELIN) had unilaterally declared independence.

    The four pro-Indonesian political parties in East Timor -- Apodeti, the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT), Kota and Trabalista -- have jointly called on the United Nations to confirm the territory's integration with Indonesia, and on Thursday (18 December) set up a joint provisional government.

    Thursday's demonstration was a rare event in Indonesia, where all such public protests are banned. The rally was organised by the government-sponsored National Committee of Indonesian Youth, eleven of whose leaders were permitted to enter the grounds of the Australian embassy to speak to the Australian ambassador, Mr. Richard Wilcox.

    Many of the demonstrators carried banners and placards repeating the official Indonesian message that the country is not intervening in East Timor. Others questioned the validity of Australian-Indonesian friendship.

    Two days later, the Indonesian Foreign Minister alleged that he had evidence that Australian sympathizers were sending arms to help Fretelin forces in East Timor.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABMW6YRMNRUKUPA3H4SVAKDODH
    Media URN:
    VLVABMW6YRMNRUKUPA3H4SVAKDODH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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