East Timor: Indonesian invasion - Operasi Seroja- Operation Lotus (1975-1977)

The Indonesian invasion of East Timor, known in Indonesia as Operation Lotus began on 7 December 1975, when the Indonesian military invaded East Timor under the pretext of anti-colonialism. The overthrowing of a popular and briefly Fretilin-led government later sparked a violent quarter-century occupation in which between approximately 100,000–180,000 soldiers and civilians are estimated to have been killed or starved.
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Indonesia Stamp - Indonesian  Timor Timur

Indonesia Stamp - Indonesian Timor Timur

INTEGRASI TIMOR TIMUR & SEJARAH TIMOR LESTE - TREEHOUSE KULAMA.: Pejuang Integrasi Timor Timur

INTEGRASI TIMOR TIMUR & SEJARAH TIMOR LESTE - TREEHOUSE KULAMA.: Pejuang Integrasi Timor Timur

Indonesia Stamp 1987 - Indonesian Costumes Pengantin Timo Timur

Indonesia Stamp 1987 - Indonesian Costumes Pengantin Timo Timur

But shortly after the "reign of terror" started on 6 September 1999, the UN evacuated all its person (except a dozen uniformed personnel holed up the Australian consulate in Dili). Back in North America, I could not help but feel that I had betrayed the people in Suai who were massacred without UN protection.

But shortly after the "reign of terror" started on 6 September 1999, the UN evacuated all its person (except a dozen uniformed personnel holed up the Australian consulate in Dili). Back in North America, I could not help but feel that I had betrayed the people in Suai who were massacred without UN protection.

After the people rejected integration and voted 78% for independence, as announced by the UN on September 6, the militia took their revenge. They burned 90% of the building in the capital, including these ones.

After the people rejected integration and voted for independence, as announced by the UN on September the militia took their revenge. They burned of the building in the capital, including these ones.

Arnaldo dos Reis Araujo (center) during the excavation of the graves of the victims whose bodies were burned before being buried (Source image: East Timor Provisional Government Archive)

Arnaldo dos Reis Araujo (center) during the excavation of the graves of the victims whose bodies were burned before being buried (Source image: East Timor Provisional Government Archive)

Indonesia Stamp 1983 Timor Timur.

Indonesia Stamp 1983 Timor Timur.

After the people rejected integration and voted 78% for independence, as announced by the UN on September 6, the militia took their revenge. They burned 90% of the building in the capital, including these ones.

After the people rejected integration and voted for independence, as announced by the UN on September the militia took their revenge. They burned of the building in the capital, including these ones.

In 1975 was the will of the East Timorese people, as was the Merger petition, delivered by Arnald's East Timorese East Timorese delegation to President Soeharto. Photos when the people of Timor-Leste submit a merger petition

In 1975 was the will of the East Timorese people, as was the Merger petition, delivered by Arnald's East Timorese East Timorese delegation to President Soeharto. Photos when the people of Timor-Leste submit a merger petition

EUA deviam pedir desculpa pela invasão indonésia, diz Lopes da Cruz.

EUA deviam pedir desculpa pela invasão indonésia, diz Lopes da Cruz.

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