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Map of East Timor showing Dili district

Dili, also spelled Díli, Dilli or Dilly, is the capital of East Timor. It lies on the northern coast of Timor island, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Dili is the chief port and commercial centre for East Timor, and has approximately 150,000 people. There is also an airport in Comoro, renamed after independence leader Nicolau Lobato, which is used for commercial and military flights. Dili is located at 8°34' South, 125°34' East (-8.5667, 125.5667). It is also the capital of the district of Dili, which includes the surrounding area. Image File history File links East_Timor-Dili. ... Map of Timor Timor Island from space, November 1989 (North is to the bottom of the image). ... Map of Lesser Sunda Islands The Nusa Tenggara, or Lesser Sunda Islands, are a group of islands in the middle-south part of the Malay Archipelago. ... East Timor is subdivided into 13 administrative districts: Aileu Ainaro Baucau Bobonaro Cova-Lima Dili Ermera Lautem Liquica Manatuto Manufahi Oecussi-Ambeno Viqueque Categories: Lists of subnational entities | East Timor ... Dili is the name of one of the 13 district of East Timor, which includes the national capital Dili. ...

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Buildings and monuments

Most buildings were destroyed in the violence of 1999, orchestrated by the Indonesian military and local pro-Indonesia militias (see Operation Scorched Earth). However, the city still has many buildings from the Portuguese era. The former Portuguese Governor's office is now the office of the Prime Minister, Mari Bin Amude Alkatiri. It was previously also used by the Indonesian-appointed Governor, and by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Indonesias armed forces (Indonesian: Tentara Nasional Indonesia, or TNI, formerly ABRI) total about 250,000 members, including the army, navy, marines, and air force. ... Pro-Indonesia militias (also pro-Indonesian militias) were East Timorese paramilitary militia groups that formed to show loyalty to the Indonesian government during the movement for East Timorese independence in the late 1990s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with History of East Timor. ... Mari Bin Amude Alkatiri (2002) Marí bin Amude Alkatiri (born 26 November 1949) is the first Prime Minister of an internationally recognized East Timor. ... The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor provided an interim civil administration and a peacekeeping mission in the territory of East Timor. ...


Even under Indonesian rule, during which the Portuguese language was banned, Portuguese street names like Avenida Marechal Carmona remained unchanged, although they were prefixed with the Indonesian word Jalan or 'road'. The Roman Catholic Church at Motael became a focus for resistance to Indonesian occupation. Portuguese ( (help· info)) is an Iberian Romance language originated in Portugal, which is now the official language also of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macao, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ...


Legacies of Jakarta's occupation are the Church of the Immaculate Conception, purportedly the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia, and the 'Integration Monument', commemorating the Indonesian annexation of the territory in 1976. Featuring a statue of a Timorese in traditional dress, breaking the chains round his wrists, the monument has not yet been demolished. Motto: Jaya Raya (Indonesian): Prosper and Great Founded 22 June 1527 Governor Sutiyoso Area 661. ... Mary Immaculate This article refers to the dogma of the immaculate conception of Mary, Mother of Jesus. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ...


History

Dili was settled about 1520 by the Portuguese, who made it the capital of Portuguese Timor in 1596. During World War II, Dili was occupied by the Japanese. East Timor unilaterally declared independence from Portugal on November 28th 1975. However, nine days later, on December 7th, Indonesian forces invaded Dili. On July 17th, 1976, Indonesia annexed East Timor, which it designated the 27th province of Indonesia, Timor Timur (Bahasa Indonesia for East Timor), with Dili as its capital. mary elline m. ... Portuguese Timor is the former name (1596 - 1975) of East Timor when it was under Portuguese control. ... Events February 5 - 26 catholics crucified in Nagasaki, Japan. ... Combatants Allies: • Poland, • UK & Commonwealth, • France/Free France, • Soviet Union, • USA, • China, ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Italy, • Japan, ...and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total: 50 million Full list Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total: 12 million Full list World War II... A declaration of independence is a proclamation of the independence of a newly formed or reformed independent state from a part or the whole of the territory of another, or a document containing such a declaration. ... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Map of the provinces of Indonesia The number of provinces of Indonesia has tended to increase as new provinces have been split from existing territories. ... Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia and a remarkable language in several ways. ...


However, a brutal guerrilla war ensued from 1975 to 1999 between Indonesian and pro-independence forces, during which tens of thousands of East Timor and some international civilians were killed. Although Dili itself was under Indonesian control, the East Timorese resistance did manage to attack Indonesian property, as well as attacking Indonesian military forces with hit and run strikes, inflicting large numbers of casualties numbering in the thousands. Consequently, it was not until 1989 that foreign nationals or Indonesian civilians were allowed into the area. link titleThe word international can mean: Between nations or encompassing several nations. ... Hit and run is the act of hitting an object with a vehicle and leaving the location of the incident. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Media coverage of the 1991 Dili Massacre revitalised international support of the East Timorese independence movement. In 1999, East Timor was placed under UN supervision and on May 20, 2002, Dili became the capital of the independent Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Dili Massacre was the shooting of East Timorese protesters, in the Santa Cruz cemetery in the capital, Dili, on 12th November, 1991. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 20 May is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


Education

Schools in Dili include St. Joseph’s High School (Colégio de São José). St. ...


The major higher education institution of the country is the Universidade Nacional de Timor-Leste, based in Dili. The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... The National University of East Timor (Portuguese: Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosae; Tetum: Universidade Nasionál Timór Lorosae), based in Dili, is the major institution of higher education in East Timor. ...


External links

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District capitals of East Timor Flag of East Timor
Aileu | Ainaro | Baucau | Dili | Gleno | Liquiçá | Lospalos | Maliana | Manatuto | Pante Macassar | Same | Suai | Viqueque

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Dili - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (515 words)
It lies on the northern coast of Timor island, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Dili was settled about 1520 by the Portuguese, who made it the capital of Portuguese Timor in 1596.
Although Dili itself was under Indonesian control, the East Timorese resistance did manage to attack Indonesian property, as well as attacking Indonesian military forces with hit and run strikes, inflicting large numbers of casualties numbering in the thousands.
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