ETLJB 19/01/2014 - Eight hundred and one East Timore police officers surrendered their martial arts clubs uniforms and other attributes to the commander-general of the East Timor National Police on 15 January 2014.
The National Police Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro said that this ceremony demonstrated that police officers who had previously joined the martial art clubs have abided by the resolution issued by the Government last year to outlaw the clubs which have been involved in frequent and violent conflicts since the restoration of independence in 2002.
National media Suara Timor Lorosae reported on 16/01 that Commissioner Monteiro confirmed there were 801 martial art uniforms handed over from different martial art clubs; namely, 654 from PSHT, 243 from KORK and Kera Sakti 96. The handing over ceremony was attended by the representative of the armed forces and civil society security monitoring organsiation Fundasaun Mahein. Source: Suara Timor-Lorosa’e 16 January 2014 Edited by Warren L. Wright