Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy

77 minutes 1994 8.0/10 based on 2 votes

This film tells the little-known story about the selectivity and aims of great power and how the modern world is ordered.

The Indonesian military executed entire families in East Timor. Most of these murders were committed in front of witnesses. Many people were forced to stand by helplessly and watch as their loved ones were gunned down and in some cases, their hearts were pulled out of their lifeless bodies. Although the term ‘genocide’ has become common these days, that’s exactly what happened in East Timor because there is not a single family that has not had a family member murdered, raped, or kidnapped by the Indonesian army. Some 200,000 people have died as a direct result of the invasion and occupation. This accounts for about one third of the population.

East Timor is a tiny country north of Australia. It was a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years. Life on the island was good and people lived happily. Then they were invaded by Indonesia in 1975. Indonesia is the fifth largest nation in the world that is led by a dictatorship. The country has no historical or legal claims on East Timor, but still its brutal occupation has been met with silence from the world’s governments and international agencies.

The invasion happened mostly in secret and it was a deliberate act to silence an entire nation. In fact, in 1975 at the height of the invasion, two Australian television teams were murdered when they tried to let the world know what was going on in East Timor.

Western governments turned a blind eye to what was going on, even after Indonesia broke every provision in the United Nations charter and defied ten UN sanctioning resolutions calling for them to withdraw from East Timor.  In fact, they knew in advance every move that the Indonesians made through a top-secret monitoring base.

On September 4, 1975 the CIA reported, “Two Indonesian special forces groups entered Portuguese Timor.” A few days later on September 17 they reported, “Jakarta is now sending guerillas to provoke incidents that provide an excuse to invade.”

The governments of Britain, The United States, Australia, and others supplied the means by which the regime in Jakarta has bled East Timor and the small country has now become like the biggest prison island in the world. It’s like living in hell and being tortured every day.

The Indonesians try to justify the invasion by saying it was due to common brotherhood. However the East Timorese and the Indonesians have nothing in common. They speak different languages and don’t even have the same religion.

What could have been the real motive behind this horrendous crime? Find out now.

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