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Prejudices fuel conflict in East Timor

The violence that swept East Timor in 1999 was a clear-cut conflict between mostly unarmed civilians eager for independence and vengeful militias backed by Indonesia, the former occupier.Nearly seven years later, the unrest that has ravaged the capital of independent East Timor in past days stems from a murky mix of political rivalry, economic stagnation and prejudices festering since Indonesia’s brutal, 24-year hold on the former Portuguese colony. Full Story

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