Indonesian Occupation-Era Crimes Forgiven, Not Forgotten in East Timor

Manatutu, East Timor. For Pedro Damaeao, having a brother who was part of Falantil, the Timorese guerrilla group that fought Indonesia’s army, meant endless harassment for his family throughout the occupation. So the day Indonesian soldiers detained and tortured his father seemed inevitable.

There is a need for ordinary Indonesians to assess their past in order to avoid selecting a government that believes in maintaining their stranglehold over the conquered, bloodied lands. This goes for every country in South East Asia. As long as the yoke of tyranny and suppression exists, then there is truly no democracy in the region.

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