Reports suggest Gastao Salsinha is sort-of, almost in custody. Given he has promised to hand himself in about 57 times, I am not giving this “just about, almost, anytime soon” stuff much credence until he is seen in Dili having tea and biscuits with the PM.
Ermera is still in a curfew condition and I guess that will not be lifted until Senor Salsinha is back here in Dili – plus a few of his mates. Ermera is one of the main centres of the coffee industry and the harvest is due to start in a matter of weeks. It will be a good thing to get all of this curfew stuff out of the way before then or people will get mighty cheesed off. I understand that once coffee processing gets underway, its a 24 hour operation – hard to do with a curfew in place.
It has now not rained in Dili for a week and the weather pattern is pretty much dry season stuff now. The air is not so humid and the dust levels are starting to get noticeable again. Take a good long look at the lush green vegetation right now before it slowly slips away for 6 months.