Things have been heating up across the board. I will list what I think is fueling the current trouble :
- the death of 2 Timorese at the airport IDP camp on Friday
- Major Alfredo’s actions at the border posts and subsequent stand-off with the ISF
- the apparent support by the local Same population for Alfredo
- media reports here that cover the entire spectrum of statistical possibilities for describing the background to an event
- the rice shortage
- the Presidential election politicking
The Australian government has raised their travel advice to LEVEL 5 which must be getting close to “please leave”. I received a message from a mate who received a message from a work colleague suggesting a major bust-up in the Delta 4 area tonight and some more trouble in Bairo Pite. I have heard the tell-tale sounds of choppers to the west as Delta 4 is just to the east of the Comorro River a few kms inland.
I thought I heard a gunshot earlier but I dismissed it as nothing at the time. At night-time, there is almost no noise at all in Dili (except in a power cut) and with the roads deserted, a gunshot sound could travel a long distance. I know the chopper sound does.
A dead give-away of trouble was the fact the day guards at the compound did not go home and are staying the night. This has not happened in a long time.
ISF – International Stabilisation Force (I was calling it Security not Stabilisation)
Same pronounced “sarm-ay” not “s’may” or “saym”