Santa Cruz Cemetery

Santa Cruz Cemetery information

Lonely Planet review

On 12 November 1991, Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession at the Santa Cruz Cemetery. Although exact figures aren’t known, it’s estimated by experts that at least 280 civilians died, many of them after they were rounded up and trucked away by the military. British journalist Max Stahl filmed the bloody attack, and his footage features in the documentary In Cold Blood . The massacre at the Santa Cruz Cemetery is cited as a turning point in the independence struggle.