On Nov. 12, 1991, U.S. trained and equipped Indonesian troops fired on a peaceful memorial procession in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor, killing more than 270 East Timorese. Indonesian troops went on killing for days.
This attack was not the first, nor the largest. However it was the first to be witnessed and documented by foreign journalists and resulted in an international outcry against the brutality of the Indonesian occupation and demands for a free East Timor.
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