2000 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

John Stanmeyer

Saba Press Photos for Time

16 August, 1999

Bernardino Guterres, wearing a badge of East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao pinned to his cap, is attacked by Indonesian police.

In August, residents of East Timor voted to end Indonesian occupation of the island. Four days before the election, violence broke out between pro-independence supporters and the anti-independence militia. During one of the clashes, Guterres, appealed to Indonesian police standing nearby to intervene. Instead, they turned on him. He was killed by a police bullet.

About the photographer

John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founder member of the VII photo agency. Over the last decade, Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic, producing ...

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