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Dec 6, 2013

A message from Timor Leste: "Australia is not an honest neighbour in this region."

Movimentu Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor [Tetum] (Gerakan Menentang Pendudukan Laut Timor) mengadakan demonstrasi menentang spionasi yang dilakukan Australia dalam perundingan-perundingan mengenai minyak di Laut Timor.

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These photos come from a Facebook post by Nug Katjasungkana and are from a demonstration outside the Australian embassy in the Timor Leste capital city of Dili earlier today.

My Tetum and Indonesian language skills are minimal so I have relied upon the very rough translation service provided by Google translate for an English translation of the messages posted with these photos.

That message, in Indonesian and Tetum, reads as follows: “Movimentu Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor [Tetum] (Gerakan Menentang Pendudukan Laut Timor) mengadakan demonstrasi menentang spionasi yang dilakukan Australia dalam perundingan-perundingan mengenai minyak di Laut Timor. Demonstrasi diadakan di depan Kedutaan Besar Australia di Dili, mulai tanggal 5 Desember 2013.”

The Google Translate message reads “Cons Movimentu Okupasaun Tasi Timor (Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea) held a demonstration against Australia spionasi [espionage] made ​​in negotiations on the Timor Sea oil. The demonstration was held in front of the Australian Embassy in Dili, start date 5 December 2013.”

Petugas PNTL (Kepolisian Nasional Timor-Leste) membawa senapan pelontar gas air mata menjaga Kedutaan Besar Australia. [Task PNTL (National Police of Timor-Leste) brings a tear gas gun charge thrower Australian Embassy.]

Juvenal Inacio (dari La’o Hamutuk): Pemerintah Perdana Menteri Abbot harus meminta maaf kepada Rakyat Maubere! [Juvenal Inacio (from La’o Hamutuk): The government of Prime Minister Abbott should apologize to the People [of] Maubere!]

Foto Menteri Luar Negeri Indonesia Ali Alatas dan Menteri Luar Negeri Ausralai Alexander Downer dibawa-bawa oleh para demonstran. Dua orang itu adalah yang menandatangani kesepakatan antara Indonesia dan Australia pada 1990 untuk bekerjasama menjarah kekayaan rakyat Timor-Leste di Laut Timor.

[Photo: Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [of] Australia carry by the demonstrators. The two men were signed agreement between Indonesia and Australia in 1990 to work together to plunder the wealth of the people of Timor-Leste in the Timor Sea.]

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6 thoughts on “A message from Timor Leste: “Australia is not an honest neighbour in this region.”

  1. Charlie Scheiner

    Both Evans and Downer took actions to steal oil and gas resources which rightfully belong to the people of Timor-Leste. Australian avarice has been bipartisan.

  2. Ken Westmoreland

    It would have been much tidier if the English translation had been used without the original text or mistakes. And whatever you call the language, don’t use ampersands – ‘Tetun & Bahasa’ looks like the name of a law firm.

    The language that the message was in is called Indonesian, not ‘Bahasa’. Bahasa just means ‘language’ in Indonesian and Malay, and if we don’t call the Vietnamese language ‘Tiếng Việt’ in English, much less ‘Tiếng’, why should we call Indonesian ‘Bahasa Indonesia’, or even more pretentiously, ‘Bahasa’? Calling it that doesn’t make Westerners sound like insiders or old hands, nor does it make English-speaking Indonesians or Timorese sound cool, it just makes them sound silly.

    In Indonesian itself, it can be obnoxious. One Timorese woman who went to school under the Indonesian occupation told me how her Indonesian teachers would snap at her and her classmates bicara bahasa, bicara bahasa! (literally ‘speak the language, speak the language!’) Which language? Every bahasa is a language, including those indigenous to Timor-Leste, wrongly called ‘dialects’.

    Oh, and while Gareth Evans may get pissed off at being confused with Alexander Downer, he will only get pissed after drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Aussie slang used to be distinctive before Uncle Sam decided he could care less, and decided to influence it.

    1. Bob Gosford

      Ken – thanks for the language lessons. I’ll change the “bahasa” references … and will pass on your comment about the sobriety of Gareth Evans to Rod!

  3. Bob Gosford

    Hmmm … now that i look again, I think you are right Rod.

  4. Bob Gosford

    Rod – if you look at the one further into the pic you’ll see the shot of Downer & Alatas toasting their success with champers while flying over the ‘gap’ …

  5. Rod Hagen

    I reckon Gareth Evans is going to be mighty pissed if that last shot suggests he’s being confused with Alexander Downer!

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