Magazine article New Internationalist

[To Resist Is to Win]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[To Resist Is to Win]

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with letter & speeches edited by Sarah Niner

principal translator

Jose Luis Perestrelo Botelheiro

(Aurora Books, ISBN 1-863-550-71-2)

Xanana Gusmao wrote this prison journal-cum-autobiography in 1994 at the request of a Portuguese solidarity group. The East Timorese resistance leader wrote from memory in the few moments he could safely snatch. The manuscript was smuggled to Portugal and has now been published in English.

Indonesian soldiers captured Gusmao in 1992 after his 17-year struggle against their occupation of his country. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In September 1999 he was released after the UN-supervised ballot showed overwhelming support for East Timorese independence.

Gusmao explains how the injustices and abuses of Indonesian occupation soon overshadowed the inequities of colonial rule. He traces the development of the Timorese resistance over its 24-year life; how it grew from guerrilla bands into a cohesive, internationally recognized organization. …

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