Tomas Freitas

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.

Over three days, starting on July 7, the students at the East Timor National University protested in opposition to the purchase of luxury cars for each parliament member. All up, the government of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao arrested 53 students.

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