STATEMENT FROM PRISON BY BUDIMAN SUJATMIKO:
5 YEARS SINCE SANTA CRUZ MASSACRE
Five years after the Santa Cruz tragedy, the New Order government has not changed its conservative stance on East Timor. As a member of the United Nations, the Indonesian government refuses to carry out the general stance on human rights namely that "Human rights need to be protected by law", so that people need not choose rebellion as a way of opposing oppression and occupation.
There have been many "international voices" showing sensitivity on East Timor and now democratic fighters in Indonesia, such as the People's Democratic Party, with all its mass organisations, has also raised the East Timorese peoples' demand for freedom through a referendum. One consequence of this is that in the charges against us, the PRD is accused of "destroying the unity of the Nation". While in fact we are only trying to implement our constitution which opens with the statement: "That freedom is the right of all nations".
The struggle of the people of East Timor for freedom and of the Indonesian people for democracy is a part of history that cannot be turned back. Sooner or later "the New Order rulers" who oppress their own people and the people of East Timor will face a dead end. Out struggle is like two separate ships facing the same pirates.
May peace, justice, democracy and freedom be ours soon. God and the people are with us.
New Order prison,
November 11, 1996
Peoples Democratic Party
PS. Budiman Sujatmiko, and Wilson, PPBI National Executive member and SPRIM co-ordinator have begun a hunger strike on November 12.