Factions continue to fight with each other in East Timor . The blogger at Diligence, in his post titled Another Bad Day, mentions this incident that took place on Thursday, 25th May
The UN released details of the casualties from an encounter between FDTL soldiers and the police after army soldiers attacked the police headquarters :
“As the unarmed police were being escorted out, army soldiers opened fire on them killing nine and wounding 27 others, including two UN police advisers,” Dujarric said.
This is just after the UN police attached to the local police had brokered a deal to lay down weapons and leave the building.
The wounded police were taken to the UN compound where blogger Tumbleweed was helping out
In the clinic, there was no time to feel fear or sadness. We just tried to see how we could help, with instructions from the (thankfully) many doctors working in the UN system. I put on gloves and tried to clean some wounds, bandage some, and comfort others – holding their hands and talking to them, trying to reassure them. I don't think I was ‘feeling’ anything at that moment. NONE of us did, we just did what was necessary.
They managed to save some of the wounded but some were not lucky. Tumbleweed writes
Earlier when the first wounded policeman was carried in with four bullet wounds on his chest, (this was just outside where everyone had gathered), it really was an emotional scene. my tears just kept rolling down, and i kept saying ‘Hail Marys’ and ‘Our Fathers’ to calm myself down. My heart bled for the women and children who would lose their fathers today. I cried out to the Lord to put sense back into these men's minds. Today is the DAY OF OBLIGATION for the Ascension of the Lord! This is all so wrong.
The police man died.
NO ONE should die this way.
i'm not bothering to say what actually happened today cos even if i do, it doesn't make sense. war fare makes no sense. We should simply ban guns around the world.
Pray for peace my friends, if you're reading