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East Timor: Gunfire and Memories of National Day

tumbleweed in timor lorosae hears gunfire in East Timor and it reminds her of National Day celebrations in her native Singapore. “Instead of feeling terrified, I thought of how this crackling reminds me of joyous occasions. Probably the only time a normal Singaporean (read non-soldier or police) hears or sees this sort of pyrotechnic action is during our National Day Parade when we're treated to a spectacular ear-deafening fireworks show, with colourful patterns exploding into the skies – swirls, bright pinpricks, and even smiley faces. This loud crackling is synonmous with joy and celebration, not fear and anguish as it usually is in other parts of the world.”

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  • It reminds me the moment when the people of East Timor was celebrating their Independence Day. I had the unique opportunity to see and performed duties on behalf of UN. AILEU, one of the district towns of East Timor, I saw the reaction of general mass. I am luckey to see my own country’s process of independence so my fellings was same as them. I shared my fellings with them and felt myself to be one of them. Today when I saw there are fighting then I was felling so bad that I wanted to write and wrote one of my firend donot know it will reach or not. Its a good platform to say something. Hope People of East Timor will realize and uphold their Independence and continue to run the nation with their own administration.

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