Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Troops to allow Alkatiri supporters into Dili

ABC News Online (Australia)

An Australian Army spokesman says Australian-led foreign forces in East Timor will not stop supporters of former prime minister Mari Alkatiri from coming into Dili to protest, as long as they come unarmed.
More than 1,000 protesters bound for Dili were stopped by foreign forces yesterday who put hundreds of troops and dozens of personnel carriers on the capital's eastern outskirts.
But Army spokesman Major James Baker says protesters would have been allowed in as long as they agreed to be searched for weapons vehicle by vehicle and pledged to be peaceful.
In the end the protest dispersed after Dr Alkatiri himself addressed the group and told them not to continue on but to go and prepare for new elections next year.

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