Cemetery of Santa Cruz, Dili

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Visit the final resting place of the victims of the 1991 protests at Cemetery of Santa Cruz. Over 250 people were killed in the November 12 demonstration for independence, and later buried here, endowing the site with great historical significance. Learn about the hardships faced by the local people under the Indonesian occupation, and get a sense for the consequences of the massacre. Make Cemetery of Santa Cruz part of your personalized Dili itinerary using our Dili vacation builder.
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  • August 4, 2017
    In the 21st century's first independent State of Timor-Leste. This is the place you want visited the murders occurred 20 years ago, you are in this country to be shaken.
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  • July 25, 2017
    This is a cemetery, so respect is important ( attire, noise,photo taking etc) . It would be of benefit to know how Santa Cruz cemetery fits into the Timorese history prior to going. Some of the graves...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    Yes its a graveyard and its very small and crowded but worth a visit to understand what happened in 1999 and how the young people would have been trapped in the cemetery. It is also important to know ...  more »

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