23 November 2012

CPD-RDTL accused of slaughtering the people's livestock in Fatuberliu, Defence Force Chief warns against protests against the State

ETLJB 23 November 2012 - CPD-RDTL has denied an allegation that its members are suspected of hunting and slaughtering the local residents' livestock in Fatuberliu in the southern district of Manufahi.

The CPD-RDTL Secretary-General Marito Segena made the comments during a press conference which was held yesterday at the CPD-RDTL offices, Dili. Mr. Segena affirmed that the allegation was false as the CPD-RDTL members were currently doing their activities based on the organization's internal rules.

"This is a kind of propaganda as politicians do not want to see the reality. The president of the republic and the prime minister are now there to have a dialog with our members," he said.

Meanwhile, President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak, has held separate dialogs with CPD-RDTL members and local residents in Fatuberliu during which the President agreed with CPD-RDTL's proposal of a program for a national cooperative.

President TMR agreed with the national cooperative idea as it would help produce local food for the people throughout the country.

The president also held dialog with the local residents in SP2 Giras during which the residents  expressed their concerns over the presence of the CPD-RDTL.

Deputy Prime Minister Fernando Lasama de Araujo said the Government also agreed with the idea of a cooperative but he also suggested that the CPD-RDTL reduce the numbers of its members in the area as it had made the people panic.

Independente reported on 22 November, however, that the President had also appealed to CPD-RDTL not to provoke the people and create problems in the country.

The President said that CPD-RDTL should respect the country's local leaders and should inform them before conducting activities in the community.

Finally, the East Timor Defence Forces Commander, General Lere Anan Timor, has warned groups such as martial arts organisations and CPD-RDTL against holding rallies to protest against the state after the UN mission ends in December.

According to a report in Suara Timor Lorosae yesterday, the General said that "The State is sometimes is concerned about martial art groups and CPD-RDTL. But those groups are not the State. They should not rule the State. Rather, the State rules them."

Lere called on all the Timorese people to understand the concept of state in the world and that only Almighty God is superior to the state.

He added that, the state of Timor-Leste was built with bloodshed; therefore people should not speak recklessly.

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Sources: Radio Timor-Leste, Radio Timor-Leste, Jornal Independente, Suara Timor Lorosae. Edited by Warren l. Wright

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