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  Fretilin: Electoral Commitment
FRETILIN will set up a social service to assist the most vulnerable social groups within our society, in particular, children, the elderly, the handicapped, the mutilated, demobilised FALINTIL guerrilla fighters and their families and all other economically underprivileged social groups, to assist them in finding the most dignified ways and means of overcoming their problems.
FRETILIN will develop a policy of technical and scientific co-operation to ensure that the University of East Timor is adequately manned and technically equipped; its standards must be raised and, eventually, it will be the recipient and producer of knowledge and science; in short, an institution in permanent search of excellence.
FRETILIN will adopt mechanisms to assist the elderly in a dignified manner; it will value their past contribution to society, protect the most needy and respect their rights; this will be guaranteed by free medical and health assistance and a welfare scheme to be set up according to the country's financial possibilities.
www.etan.org /et2001c/july/08-14/07fretil.htm   (4780 words)

 smh.com.au - Fretilin fighting tooth and nail to keep the Xanana republic at bay
Fretilin has emerged with undisputed control of the organs of government from the process of drafting a constitution that has gone on while East Timor has been under a lavish ($2.2 billion) interim period of administration and protection by the United Nations.
Conversely, Fretilin appears to be engaged in a whispering campaign designed to whittle down Mr Xanana's vote, to no more than the party itself received in August's constituent assembly ballot.
To be fair, the Constitution and Fretilin's contemporary platform is replete with commitments to pluralistic democracy and a free economy.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/04/12/1018333420177.html   (1377 words)

 Asia Times: East Timor claims its political prize
Fretilin's determination to win is spurred by the need to show the world that its 1975 claim to have majority popular support was justified.
Fretilin cadres took to the mountains to begin a long, bitter, military struggle which was to continue until 1999.
Among Fretilin's younger candidates is Jose Lobato Goncalves, 29, the son of founding guerrilla commander Nicolau Lobato, who took to the mountains in the first hours of the Indonesian landing.
atimes.com /se-asia/CH21Ae02.html   (1253 words)

 FRETILIN (Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor)
Fretilin leaders were the first resistents and the first occupation victims.
Fretilin’s members and sympathizers, while others still trusted the invasor’s good will, were the first experiencing war, death, torure, famine.
Fretilin got 208 531 votes in the 2001.08.30 elections (57,37%), recieving 55 of 88 seats in the parlament (the second party most voted for, P.D., got only 8,72%).
www.allstates-flag.com /fotw/flags/tl}fret.html   (633 words)

 East Timor election reveals disaffection with Fretilin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Fretilin was portrayed as the party that had led a 26-year fight for independence against Portuguese and Indonesian rule and that would fulfill the democratic aspirations of the East Timorese masses.
Fretilin reorganised its Central Committee to include leading Indonesian collaborators such as Francisco Kalbuadi, the son of an Indonesian general who led the attack on the border town of Balibo in 1975, signalling the start of the Indonesian invasion from West Timor.
Fretilin’s campaign manager in Ermera, a coffee-growing area 60 kilometres southwest of Dili, the capital, was a district head under Indonesian rule and very unpopular.
www.wsws.org /articles/2001/sep2001/timo-s12.shtml   (1097 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Victory for Timor freedom party
Fretilin - the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor - spearheaded the fight for independence from Indonesia in East Timor, which was a Portuguese colony before 1975.
Fretilin was formed as a radical left-wing pro-independence party in 1974 at the end of Portuguese rule and before East Timor was invaded by Indonesia.
Fretilin won 12 of the 13 seats representing districts and 43 of the 75 national seats allocated by proportional representation.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1526725.stm   (431 words)

 Sisters of St Joseph - Justice Space
The FRETILIN military dispersed and in an effort to survive, and the Indonesian military was only able to kill one woman who was harvesting corn in a field nearby.
The FRETILIN holdout began to weaken, and this is where the large exodus of the people happened who left their encampments, gardens and plants.
The FRETILIN young people once went to Soibada even though it was already in the power of the Indonesians, and from there they brought things that were needed.
www.sosj.org.au /justice/o_leoneto.html   (4792 words)

 Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Portuguese: Frente Revolucionária de Timor-Leste Independente or FRETILIN) was a resistance movement that fought for the independence of East Timor, first from Portugal and then from Indonesia, between 1974 and 1998.
In the first elections, held in 2001, the year before independence, FRETILIN polled 57.4% of the vote and took 55 seats in the 88-seat Assembly.
Fretilin holds consultative status with the Socialist International.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fretilin   (195 words)

 Fretilin receives lesson in democracy
The results announced by the UN on Wednesday gave Fretilin, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor, a majority of 57.3per cent of the vote, short of the 60per cent Fretilin needed to draft a new constitution on its own.
In the event, Fretilin won the count in Ermera, but with 31.9 per cent, while the combined votes of the Democratic Party and the Social Democrats, which consider themselves fraternal parties, were over 40per cent.
Party supporters had expected to stem the Fretilin tide with a much higher percentage than their 8.7 per cent, but they are likely to combine forces in the new parliament with the Social Democrats, in a bloc representing more than 16 per cent.
www.etan.org /et2001c/september/01-08/08fretl.htm   (1115 words)

 BigO Worldwide
But since Fretilin remained the largest party in parliament, with the constitutional right to nominate a new prime minister, the issue of who was to replace him remained.
Fretilin itself was forged, not in a struggle against Portuguese colonial rule, but rather against the Indonesian annexation of East Timor and its repressive military rule.
Fretilin, however, remained the dominant force within the CNRT, because it was popularly recognised as having led the difficult and courageous struggle against the brutal 24-year Indonesian occupation.
www.bigozine2.com /features06/PSeasttimor.html   (2132 words)

 Mission & Justice » Blog Archive » Fretilin ‘out to shield Alkatiri from charges’
Fretilin has sought to restructure the office of the country’s top prosecutor, a move seen by opposition MPs as an attempt to quarantine Mr Alkatiri from charges.
Opposition MP Joao Gonclaves last night accused Fretilin, which holds the majority of seats in Parliament, of trying to “bulldoze a resolution against the Prosecutor-General that is unconstitutional and illegal because the Prosecutor-General is independent of Parliament”.
Fretilin Deputy Speaker Jacob Fernandes, whose house was burnt down by anti-Fretilin protesters last week, said the party’s only concern was to re-establish the rule of law.
www.missionandjustice.org /?p=938   (597 words)

 The Jakarta Post - The Journal of Indonesia Today
Proud Fretilin leaders claim the movement is the sole force that brought freedom, since they had led the resistance and paid a huge price as a result of Indonesia's military encirclement and Fretilin's strategic and ideological conflicts, including internal atrocities, during the 1970s.
Fretilin runs the state with a big majority (55 of 88 seats in the parliament from the 2001 election) and has roots across the country.
Fretilin may have risked losing some of its platforms, original image and appeal, yet it will continue to cast a long shadow over the country.
www.thejakartapost.com /yesterdaydetail.asp?fileid=20060707.E02   (897 words)

 FRETILIN Conference makes East Timor Independence One Step Closer
The conference adopted a series of resolutions on the relationship between FRETILIN and the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT), the national army FALINTIL, and other political organisations, and commenced preparations for the first FRETILIN Congress, to be held before the end of March 2001.
FRETILIN leader Mari Alkatiri explained the history of the current FRETILIN and CNRT policy for Tetun to be the national language and Portuguese to be the official language.
The conference reaffirmed the FRETILIN policy adopted in 1988 that FALINTIL is the army of the people and should be the core of the armed defence of the future state of independent East Timor.
www.search.org.au /news/easttimor2.htm   (1229 words)

 Green Left - Features: Fretilin interview: 20 years of struggle
Fretilin proclaimed the formation of the Democratic Republic of East Timor on November 28.
The membership of Fretilin abroad held a crucial plenary meeting from April 9 to 15 in Lisbon to discuss questions of organisation and strategy.
The Fretilin chairperson and two deputies have a mandate to negotiate on behalf of Fretilin with UDT and Horta.
www.greenleft.org.au /1994/143/9751   (1576 words)

 Xanana Gusmao hero file
FRETILIN is infected the same as is the Portuguese Army with communism...
On the one hand resistance from FRETILIN units operating from the hinterland is brutally suppressed, on the other the government invests heavily in East Timor's development, allocating more funds per capita than in any other province, a combination that will have disastrous consequences as the millennium draws to a close.
In September 160 FRETILIN fighters and their families are massacred on the slopes of Mount Aitana, southeast of Dili.
www.moreorless.au.com /heroes/gusmao.html   (6071 words)

 Fretilin Mengulangi Kegagalan? - Minggu, 25 Juni 2006
Fretilin yang berorientasi marxisme dan lebih kuat persenjataannya berhasil merebut Dili dan membentuk pemerintahan revolusioner.
Aktivis Fretilin yang masih hidup di pengasingan mulai kembali ke Timor Timur.
Posisi mereka makin kuat setelah Fretilin merebut 57 persen kursi parlemen dalam Pemilu 2001.
kompas.com /kompas-cetak/0606/25/utama/2762888.htm   (698 words)

 Invasion of East Timor (1975) - World Affairs Board
FRETILIN's declaration of independence was challenged by a counter proclamation that stated that FRETILIN, by their actions, had effectively closed the option of a peaceful settlement.
FRETILIN's border violations, mortar attacks and robberies were causing such disruption amongst Indonesian villagers, and East Timorese refugees, that on September 26th some 5,000 people held a mass gathering to declare their determination to fight FRETILIN.
FRETILIN troops also had the advantage of almost five month's battle training by elements of the Portuguese military, from the time the political crisis erupted at the end of August, to early December 1975.
www.worldaffairsboard.com /showthread.php?t=6091   (7136 words)

 The Guardian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Fretilin at present holds the majority of seats in the democratically elected East Timor parliament.
Their objective is to create a climate of fear which they hope will enable them to defeat Fretilin at the elections next year.
The timing of the jail break may also be linked to the decision of the UN Security Council to send a 1600 strong UN commanded police force to East Timor to assist in stabilising the situation leading up to the elections.
www.cpa.org.au /garchve06/1289et.html   (505 words)

 Fretilin office torched in Dili
Unidentified men set the Dili headquarters of East Timor's main political party Fretilin on fire early on Sunday but there were no casualties, a member of the fire brigade said.
Fretilin has done some good for this nation, but their vision is out of date and too much "cubanism".
Fretilin has its own vision, it is the vision that has bring this country into the independence.
www.topix.net /forum/world/southeast-asia/TNOKSR7UUV4MHBH9V   (772 words)

 Australian-led campaign pressures East Timorese prime minister to resign : Melbourne Indymedia
Fretilin’s central committee appealed to both Gusmao and Alkatiri to remain in their positions, but Alkatiri immediately came under pressure from close Gusmao ally, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, who announced his intention on Sunday to resign “because the government is not functioning properly”.
For weeks, Fretilin leaders blocked members and supporters from staging rallies in opposition to the relatively small anti-Alkatiri protests orchestrated by Gusmao, Ramos-Horta, opposition politicians and various rebel police and army officers.
It was only when Fretilin delegates overwhelmingly endorsed Alkatiri’s leadership that Canberra exploited the escalating violence whipped up by his political opponents and rebel soldiers as the means for pressuring Dili into “inviting” an Australian-led military intervention.
www.melbourne.indymedia.org /news/2006/06/115597.php   (1588 words)

 Australia continues push for control in East Timor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
For weeks, Fretilin had held back its supporters from rallying against the protests and mob violence organised by opposition politicians and rebel army and police officers.
When about 5,000 Fretilin demonstrators eventually entered Dili on June 29, some waving anti-Australian banners, Alkatiri and Fretilin used their protests as a bargaining chip to seek power-sharing concessions from Gusmao.
Fretilin’s backpedalling reflects its basic political perspective and class outlook: far from challenging imperialism, it has always sought to accommodate to, and balance between, rival major powers in order to establish its “own” state.
www.wsws.org /articles/2006/jul2006/etim-j07.shtml   (1531 words)

 Asia Times - News and analysis from throughout Southeast Asia
I wasn't even [Fretilin] president or secretary," he was cross-questioned impatiently by commissioner Jose Estevao, who pointed out that the commission deals with human-rights abuses, yet witnesses were engaging in politics.
Fretilin supporter Manuel Duarte told of surviving the UDT's execution of about 76 of his party's members in Ermera district in August 1975.
When Fretilin exiles returned to Dili after 1999, Prime Minister Alkatiri apologized publicly for past human-rights abuses by his party, including these killings, but the issue was relegated to an internal party inquiry, which has said nothing in the years since, and no independent inquiry has been held.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Southeast_Asia/EL23Ae02.html   (1436 words)

 Chronology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
FRETILIN spokesman Jose Horta indicated that his group was prepared to take part in UN-sponsored negotiations on the future of East Timor.
Martinho said that he joined FRETILIN in 1994 because he was being sought by the military for having provided the movement with medicines from the Indonesian-run hospital where he worked.
FRETILIN members said that he had been sick and waiting with unarmed FRETILIN members to be taken to the hospital when they were captured.
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/mar/data/idsetimchro.htm   (18024 words)

 Political Affairs Magazine - East Timor: Fretilin government proposes democratic way forward
Fretilin [the name of political party that led the East Timorese independence movement and which leads the democratically elected ruling bloc in East Timor's parliament--ed.] had asked President Gusmao to guarantee the unity and stability of the nation through a constitutional solution that upheld the fundamental democratic institutions of Timor-Leste.
Fretilin also rejected allegations that guns had been distributed to Congress delegates or were given to Fretilin members.
Xahana Gusmao had called on Fretilin to convene a special conference to replace what he described as the "illegal" leadership of Alkatiri and Fretilin's President thereby beheading the organisation.
www.politicalaffairs.net /article/view/3693/1/194   (2093 words)

 BigO Worldwide
Neither Fretilin nor its opponents had any solution to the deep social crisis plaguing the country-the legacy of economic backwardness produced by centuries of Portuguese and Indonesian rule.
Fretilin even threatened to deport IRI staff under the law after IRI sponsored an opinion poll that Fretilin felt was deliberately worded to undermine them.
Fretilin echoed the positions of France and Germany, which were publicly insisting that the UN weapons inspectors be given more time, while in February 2003, Horta penned a scurrilous piece in the New York Times arguing that the imminent war would bring peace and democracy to the Iraqi people.
www.bigozine2.com /features06/PSeasttimor2.html   (1777 words)

 Troops urged to facilitate Fretilin meeting. 25/06/2006. ABC News Online
Fretilin's central committee was due to meet yesterday to discuss East Timor's long-running leadership crisis.
It was to consider a demand from President Xanana Gusmao that the party nominate an alterative prime minister.
Fretilin officials are angry that Australian forces did not do more to keep the protesters away.
www.abc.net.au /news/newsitems/200606/s1671148.htm   (221 words)

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Fretilin's ascent in an area contiguous to Indonesian territory alarmed the Indonesian Government, which regarded it as a threatening movement.
The culmination of this process was the liquidation of the "zonas de apoio" (logistic bases) of FALINTIL in Mount Matebian in December 1978.
In 1984 the FRETILIN abandoned its position on the alleged existence of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (RDTL).
www.fas.org /irp/world/para/timor.htm   (696 words)

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