Writers and supporters outside the Indonesian Embassy


CANBERRA — More than 40 writers and supporters gathered on the lawns outside the Indonesian Embassy on April 5, in support of fellow writers and protesters in East Timor and other countries suffering abuses of human rights. Among the writers and journalists who took part, reports Craig Cormick, were Sara Dowse and Shirley Shackleton, the widow of an Australian journalist killed in East Timor by Indonesian troops in 1975. Other writers who sent materials to be read, but could not attend, included Bruce Dawe and Judith Wright. Pictured are Linda Jaivin and Nicholas Jose, reading poetry by Chinese writers from the period after the Tienanmen massacre. Photograph by Kristian Whittaker.