Eighty four protesters were arrested at a May Day protest in Dili. The 84 were placed in a detention centre.
More than 100 protesters had marched to the Hotel Timor, a four star hotel in Dili, on May 1 to demand a pay rise and to stop sackings of local staff. Four staff of the hotel had recently been dismissed after being accused of stealing.
The demonstrators chose May 1, the International Workers' Day, to express their concerns and demand their rights.