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Survivors testify to East Timor killings

Florindo de Jesus Brites described watching in horror as pro-Indonesian militias surrounded a houseful of refugees and opened fire, killing 12 — one of the first public testimonies about East Timor’s bloody break for independence in 1999. “Some of us escaped to the back of the house and climbed a tree, but they found us and kept shooting,” he testified on Tuesday before the Commission on Truth and Friendship, which has the power to call witnesses but not to prosecute. “They got my friend. He dropped dead to the ground.” Full Story

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