Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day

Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day

November 28
After the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfill the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by neighboring Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbor between 1975 and 1999. A second date, East Timor Independence Day, was established when the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, as it is officially known, finally became a free state on May 2, 2002.
Observances for the November 28 anniversary honor the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honor to distinguish individuals who fought for the country's freedom.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste
4201 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Ste. 504
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-966-3202; fax: 202-966-3205
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 197
(c)