Dili East Timor
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Dili, East Timor

November 4, 2003
Violence has marked East Timor’s emergence as an independent nation. This false-color Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) image from Landsat shows parts of the city of Dili, which became the capital of the independent nation of East Timor. The image was captured on September 8, 1999, only a few days after the announcement of the results of the referendum in which the residents of the island voted on whether to remain part of Indonesia or to become an independent nation. The overwhelming support for independence sparked violent protests among dissenters, who set scores of fires (red dots). Dark gray smoke streams southwest from burning buildings in the center of the image.

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