The imposition of emergency rule will last for 30 days and comes shortly after violence and looting began in the capital city of Dili. A mob looted the Attorney General's office Tuesday, hitting the Serious Crimes Office containing unreleased evidence of massacres committed by militias working with Indonesia [PBS backgrounder] during East Timor's break from Indonesia in 1999. Authorities do not believe that the mob sought to destroy evidence from the massacre, but just looted computers and other valuable materials from the Attorney General's office. The Irish Examiner has more. The Sydney Morning Herald has local coverage.
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