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Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The Life of Martinho da Costa Lopes

by Rowena Lennox
£17.95   paperback  Zed Books (2000)

Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The Life of Martinho da Costa Lopes by Rowena Lennox The late Martinho da Costa Lopes is an East Timorese national hero - the first Timorese leader of the East Timorese Catholic Church and an outspoken supporter of human rights and self-determination. Fighting Spirit of East Timor is the story of this extraordinary man's life.
 
Born in East Timor in 1918, Dom Martinho was educated in the traditional hierarchy of the Catholic education system. During the early 1970s, he edited the chucrh newspaper Seara until it was closed by the Portuguese secret police in 1973. After the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, Dom Martinho worked tirelessly to protect human rights. Dom Martinho was the first person to speak out publicly within East Timor about the abuses perpetrated by the occupation forces, attracting criticism from the Indonesian government. In 1983, after a smear campaign conducted by Australian politicians and the press, Dom Martinho was forced by the Vatican to resign from the position of Apostolic Administrator and leave East Timor. He settled in Portugal and travelled extensively, speaking and raising awareness about East Timor. During the 1980s, it seemed as though the world did not care and, exhausted by the struggle, Dom Martinho died in 1991.
 
Fighting Spirit of East Timor is a moving and dramatic portrait of a man who continues to inspire the East Timorese people in their struggle for social justice - and is also a fascinating account of East Timor in the twentieth century.

ISBN 13: 9781856498333 | ISBN 10: 1856498336