Televizaun Timor-Leste, February 16, 2011 language source: Tetun - The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, said that the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers will use all legal means effectively to respond to any violent actions that might happen in the country.
Guterres said that it is important for the young people to collaborate with the police to combat violence between groups.
"We are making efforts to tell martial art clubs not to assault and kill one another as it is crime to kill people.
Police are working effectively to respond to all cases, but the problem is the young people are mot collaborating with us.
For example the recent case in Baucau, some leaders and young people did not want to collaborate with us, but we are making preparations to respond to any cases although we are lacking facilities," Guterres said.
Guterres made the statements in relation to violent incidents that took place in the Capital of Dili and some other districts because such acts of violence are a threat to the people.
I do hope that the quote of the state of secretary is the result of a bad translation only, otherwise to produce such a statement indicates poor assessment of the timorese population, because every one knows that killing is a crime, isn't it?
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