25 May 2012

Government evicts residents in Aitarak-Laran

Radio e Televizaun de Timor-Leste, May 24, 2012 language source: Tetun - The Government through the National Police, Justice Ministry and Civil Security officers yesterday evicted 11 households in Aitarak-Laran, in Dili because the referred places will be used to construct an office building for the Finance Ministry.

The evicted residents were dissatisfied with the Government’s decision as it had not issued any dispatch, asking them to leave the place.

“We have not yet been informed to leave this place today. We received a letter and met them but we disagreed with what they are going to give us,” A resident said. He added, “This country is built because of the citizens and if there is no citizens then this country would have never been built.”

Another resident said that, “I am calling on the new elected President Taur Matan Ruak to look at the issue. He said that he would be together with the people but where was it? He should pay attention to this case. We are the grassroots people and we will remain the same and the state makes a decision based on their own will and has never thought about the poor.”

Dili District Police Deputy Commander, Superintendent Assistant Mateus S. de Jesus affirmed that they received a dispatch from Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to maintain the security in the area during the eviction process.

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