Dili and the Santa Cruz Cemetery, 1991


On 12 November 1991 at Santa Cruz cemetery, Indonesian troops fired on a funeral procession for a CNRM sympathizer who had been shot a few days earlier by occupation forces. As many as two hundred people may have been killed in the massacres and subsequent removal of witnesses. Film of the incident smuggled from Indonesia played a major role in drawing international attention to the Timor issue.


Further reading

Tanter, Richard, et al., eds, Masters of terror: Indonesia's military and violence in East Timor. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1991 - 1991