ETAN is a grassroots organization
fighting to stop US support of Indonesia's military occupation of East
Timor and to support self-determination for East Timor. ETAN/Seattle
works in Washington state to educate the public about the ongoing genocide
in East Timor and to lobby congress to end support for the occupation.
Thursday 11 December, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Westlake Park. Rally to raise public awareness of international human rights abuses, particularly involving worker's and children's rights, and to commemorate Indonesia's brutal invasion of East Timor on 7 December 1975, and the connection between such actions by the dictatorial Indonesian government and a US foreign policy that places more importance on free trade than numan rights. Co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia, and National Labor Committee.
What else does ETAN/Seattle do? For starters, we bring speakers to talk
to universities, high schools, and communities. East Timor resistance activist
Constancio Pinto was in Seattle May 10-12.
We also do direct actions. On Dec. 7, 1996, the 21st anniversary of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, ETAN/Seattle rallied at Westlake Mall and marched to Niketown with our newest props: an Indonesian president Suharto monster and a US presidents monster. The latter has a four-sided head with Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton faces while the former has four faces of Suharto. Here are some photos from the demo.
Nike continues to operate in Indonesia in an environment of extreme labor
repression and military involvement in labor disputes. Workers earn less
than $2/day and are subject to all forms of harassment. If they dare organize,
they are fired or even killed. Just Don't Do It!