Santa Cruz Cemetery

Santa Cruz Cemetery information

Dili , Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Rua de Santa Cruz
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On 12 November 1991, Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession to this cemetery. Exact figures aren’t known, but it’s estimated that more than 250 civilians (mostly students) died, many of them after they were rounded up and trucked away by the military. British journalist Max Stahl filmed the bloody attack; his footage was beamed around the world in the documentary In Cold Blood, cited as a turning point in the nation's independence struggle.

Nearly every inch of the cemetery is occupied by elaborate, pasted-hued gravestones.