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Commemorating The Santa Cruz Massavre in Dili, Timor-Leste

Pierpaolo De Giosa


This photo-essay is a tale of the commemorations of the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, the national capital of Timor-Leste. By documenting the symbolic side of this city, this short essay sheds light on this public holiday as a national ritual and, at the same time, highlights the role of the major actors involved. In particular, the commemorations of this massacre hold a special meaning for the recognition of the role played by clandestine youth groups to the struggle for independence – a contribution still partly neglected in the post-independence nation-building process.


Santa Cruz Massacre; 12 November; National Youth Holiday; Urban Symbolism; Dili; East Timor

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