Independente, March 23, 2012 - President of Republic Jose Ramos Horta was concerning about the security situation of the country, because he received information that supporters of one of the two presidential candidates who would compete in the second round of election started to mistreat and intimidate people.
“Many people are scared now about what will come in Suai, Bobonaro. Why are some people campaigning with guns and uniforms? Some (people) have entered some people’s homes and threatened them,” President Horta said.
He stressed that Timor-Leste must not have a president who was elected as a result of intimidation and pressure.
Timorese Police General Commander Commissioner of Police Longuinhos Monteiro has called on the people who experienced the intimidation to report it to the police rather than report it to the President.
Why should people not report threats to the President? The Police General Commander could be one of the persons people feel intimidated by. If he is really doing his job, the important thing is that get gets the information, not that President Horta is telling him about it. This goes to the point, that generals should stay out of politics. The people of Timor Leste must not be intimidated into not voting. The future of the country depends on all voters participating.
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