by finch Saturday, Apr 14 2007, 2:32pm
Regardless of the destabilising intervention of Australia/USA via Major Reinado and the current occupation, Fretilin remains the principal political force in East Timor. Its roots extend to the beginning of national identity and the resistance against Indonesian annexation after 450 years of colonial rule by the Portuguese. The political leanings of Fretilin have been influence by the East Javanese left however, Fretilin is passionately nationalistic today and rejects all forms of foreign intervention.
Australian occupation forces in Dili
The recent discovery of a number of sealed ballot boxes and accusations of impropriety by the Ramos Horta faction will not be allowed to disturb the pre-planned proceedings. Regardless of the anticipated outcome of the (western) supervised, ‘free and fair’ elections, Timor-Leste will never surrender her very costly independence to foreign interests – the people have everything to gain and nothing to lose in the fight to maintain sovereignty.