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E.Timor Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Ex-Fighters

Police in East Timor fired tear gas Tuesday to disperse dozens of former freedom fighters demonstrating outside the main government building demanding more reform, eyewitnesses and police said. About 20 of the 100 or so demonstrators were arrested. The crowd, many of whom had fought Indonesian forces before the territory voted for independence in 1999, started protesting on Monday evening. They remained through the night until fighting broke out on Tuesday morning, said a Reuters journalist at the scene. Police shot tear gas canisters into the crowd. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Demonstrators carried banners demanding reform of the tiny country’s police force and calling for greater democracy.Full Story

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