Police and troops on
Sulawesi are finding that the religious violence has now become driven mainly
by revenge, for earlier religious violence. Most of the bad feelings are still
on the Moslem side, where radical clerics continue to preach holy war against
infidels (non-Moslems). The government is reluctant to crack down on the
radical clergy, because these preachers and teachers have large followings.
March 5, 2007: Supporters of East Timor rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado
are holding loud demonstrations in the capital, demanding that Australian troops
withdraw from their search for Reinado and his followers. Reinado represents
regional differences in East Timor. The eastern part of the country considers
itself more "East Timoran", and believes the westerners are too
tainted by Indonesians who came to live during decades of Indonesian rule.
Reinado represents the easterners, whom the westerners consider a bunch of
country ruffians (or something like that).
March 4, 2007: Australian troops raided the hideout of rebel leader Major
Alfredo Reinado, but he escaped. Four of his followers were killed.
March 2, 2007: Australian troops have found, and surrounded rebel leader
Major Alfredo Reinado, in his hideout 50 kilometers south of the capital. Now
Reinado wants to negotiate.
February 28, 2007: The East Timor
government has asked Australian-led international forces to hunt down the rebel
leader Reinado, and his supporters.
February 24, 2007: Two East Timorese
died after being shot by Australian peacekeepers near the airport. The gangs
have become more and more violent, and the peacekeepers were ordered to shoot
if they believed they were in danger.
February 23, 2007: In the United
States, a former Indonesian Marine Corps general pled guilty to attempting to
provide weapons for Sri Lankan rebels (the LTTE). It has long been rumored that
current and former Indonesian generals were supplying the LTTE with weapons,
and arranging the transportation.