06 May 2012

Dili District Police detains 84 protestors

Radio e Televizaun de Timor-Leste, May 3, 2012 language source: Tetun

The Dili District Police Commander Superintendent Pedro Belo affirmed that they detained 84 protestors as they committed acts of violence during the May Day peace rally on Tuesday (1/5). They were found guilty of breaching the law No. 1/2006 about rallies committing crimes against authority, destroying people’s goods and assaulting the police members.

Belo affirmed that the total detainees were 84 comprised of 75 men and 9 women.

“The protestors we detained did not only engage in one act of crime but they committed three or four types of crime.” “One is crime against Law No. 1/2006, crime against authority, destroying people’s goods, and attacking security officcers and there are four people injured.” “Therefore there are four types of crime they committed there and we are processing this case and we detained 84 people, composing of 75 of men and 9 women,” Belo said. He added that they would process this case based on the legal procedures and therefore they were making efforts to complete documents before processing the case.

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