What is happening out there?


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Timorese newspaper STL carried a story last week in which police inspector Mateus Fernandes said members of CPD-RDTL and Bua-Malus were launching a coup in Timor-Leste. This is in relation to the "ninja" farce that has been gripping the nation.

How can two groups as small CPD-RDTL and Bua-Malus launch any kind of coup? It's just nonsensical. There's a full-scale police operation going on in Kovalima and Bobonaro. How on earth there could be any sort of coup in Timor-Leste is beyond me.

We're hearing all sorts of reports about human rights violations committed by the police in those districts.

This is the most telling part of the STL story:

Fernandes said that excessive use of power was exercised in order to restore peace and stability in the country, particularly in the districts of Bobonaro and Kovalima.

And then this…

He also mentioned that there is also widespread rumor amongst these groups that that the hands of the PNTL are not tightly tied up with the existing agreement with the UN.

He said that there is such provision but if the people are crying for help, then PNTL are ready to restore peace, stability and tranquility in the country.

That looks to me like a big FU to the UN, no?

CPD-RDTL and Bua-Malus aren't angels. They have created trouble in the past, but nothing that would warrant a full-on paramilitary response by the nation's police force.

CPD-RDTL is a disaffected group doesn't recognise the current state or constitution. Bua-Malus is a kind of sect that mixes animism and Catholicism, I'm told. Last week a bunch of Bua-Malus guys were brought to Dili by the police. They had apparently been issuing Bua-Malus ID cards. It wasn't clear what else they'd done or even if they'd done anything illegal.

The police seem well and truly out of control.

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