The leader of the left-wing group Fretilin (Revolutionary front for an Independent East Timor) denied on Friday (29 August) that his movement was Communist.
SV Military leader Horta walking in prison compound talking to reporter (HOLD SOUND UNDER FOR FIRST SHOT)
SV Horta speaking (3 shots)
SV Horta speaking
CU Women and children in hospital (4 shots) (USE COMMENTARY HERE)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQS. 2 AND 3:
REPORTER: "Does he believe the fighting will continue?
HORTA: "Yes, we have to stop the (indistinct) hand of the UDT revolution ... if it is a revolution. But I can see it is a muddle, not a revolution. Because UDT kill everybody, child, human, old men, everybody."
REPORTER: "But these reports were said about Fretilin, that Fretilin was killing everybody, had lost control of its troops."
HORTA: "No, not Fretilin, now join up with the Timorese forces and we are doing our best to stop this war ... not to kill. And now all UDT fighters are here while UDT kill six prisoners, Fretilin prisoners down there in the forest."
REPORTER: "Can you be sure that your troops have followed orders and are not committing atrocities?"
HORTA: Exactly, they respect our orders, our revolutionary discipline is highly respected."
REPORTER: "What would you do to a Fretilin soldier who was found mistreating a civilian in combat?"
REPORTER: "What would you do to a Fretilin soldier who disobeyed your orders and did use brutality?"
HORTA: "Oh, you would put him in a jail cell."
REPORTER: "You tell me, because there is a question, is Fretilin a Communist movement?"
HORTA: "No, Fretilin is not a Communist movement. I have talked to Doctor Whitehall (indistinct). Fretilin is a revolutionary front (indistinct) chamber. We have joined together all the chamber nationalists to fight our powers to get independence. But first we have to get independence."
STONE: "Until three weeks ago, Dili was not much more than a sleepy little backwater. Now, it's a nightmare of suffering with little relief in sight. Gerald Stone, News Centre 9, From the war in East Timor."
This film includes an interview with Mr. Horta at the prison compound in Dili by reporter Gerald Stone.
This film is also serviced with a part commentary by News Centre 9 reporter Gerald Stone.
REPORTER: GERALD STONE
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Background: The leader of the left-wing group Fretilin (Revolutionary front for an Independent East Timor) denied on Friday (29 August) that his movement was Communist.
Secretary General Jose Ramos Horta said in an interview that Fretilin, which now controls East Timor's capital Dili and most of the island, is a revolutionary front fighting for independence.
He denied charges that Fretilin troops had been killing civilians. He blamed instead the rival right-wing movement the UDT, (Timor Democratic Union) for killing women and children.