I do hope the Australian news has not spent too much time applauding the very effective arrival of the first OZ contingent who arrived at dusk. Even if the OZ embassy is now surrounded by well-trained armed soldiers with night goggles etc., the rest of Dili appears not to have changed an awful lot.
I believe fighting is still going on and there is a lot of general lawlessness. I came across a guy who has fled his home because there were (in his words) people everywhere around his home, machete-ing each other. This was around 7:30pm. I hear the occasional gunfire in the distance and there has been the odd one much closer.
The euphoria before dark has evaporated fairly quickly.
The power is still on (in my part of town) and the phone lines and mobile phone network still work (and the internet).
I slept OK last night but tonight feels tenser than ever, particularly without the benefit of armed soldiers with night goggles outside.