At the start of last week I learnt that old friend Max Stahl was hospitalised in Brisbane with throat cancer. I finally tracked him down to the P.A. Hospital, but on the bus to visit him I was informed of his death earlier that morning.
Max’s footage of the 1991 Indonesian military massacre in the Santa Cruz cemetery, Dill/Timor Leste did much to eventually rid this occupied land of the forces of death. Max hid the footage before being detained by the military, went back & retrieved it and with the help of others got it out to the world.
Like My Lai and the WikiLeaks published Collateral Murder in Baghdad – the 1991 massacre wasn’t unusual for the victims. What was unusual with all these incidents is the footage got out to the heartland of the imperial perpetrators.
Below is a short no budget video of an example of the resistance Max’s footage incited in the West.
I met Max in the mid-90’s in England during this resistance & solidarity with the people of Timor Leste.
We had a resistance community with East Timorese exiles running out of Liverpool/England targeting British Aerospace
For a more detailed update and background on Max’s subsequent work in Timor Leste – please check out Jose Ramos Horte’s
Friday November 12th. will be the 30th. anniversary of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre.I’ll do my best to round up the troops to mark the occasion and to commemorate Max’s passing in Brisbane.
The extraordinary inside story of how four women disarmed an Indonesia-bound Hawk fighter with ordinary household hammers at a BAe factory in the UK in 1996 to prevent its use against the people of East Timor, and how, to gasps of astonishment, a Liverpool jury accepted their defence that they had acted to prevent the crime of genocide. Using personal testimony, reconstruction and extracts of video evidence left in the wrecked cockpit of Hawk ZH 955, this documentary places events into a wider context of the remarkable Ploughshares Movement, and takes the British government to task on its so-called ‘ethical foreign policy’ of selling weapons to genocidal regimes.
VID (26 mins) East Timor/ Seeds of Hope Ploughshares documentary, 1996(contains Max’s footage)