Celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the popular consultation begin in Oé-Cusse

Celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the popular consultation begin in Oé-Cusse

The 20th anniversary of the popular consultation held in 1999 in Timor-Leste was celebrated last 19th, 20th and 21st of August all over the Oé-Cusse region. A series of events took place in Pasabe, Nitibe and Oé-Silo to celebrate the anniversary. The main attractions consisted of various speeches and popular activities. Public servants and officers as well as civilians and children reunited to commemorate this special and historic occasion.
The celebrations highlighted the development Timor-Leste has gone through since its independence as well as the expected growth that will be continue in the next years. The slogan ‘ho valor istoriku hametin espirotu nasionalismu hodi desenvolve Timor-Leste ba Futuru’ emphasized the value of independence for the country and its prosperity, a theme that was repeated through the speeches given by the different Xefes de Suco and authorities.
Dozens of people, including representatives from Secretaria de Turismo Comunitario, gathered in the three Sucos to partake in the activities that included respectful ceremonies, popular games, music and lunches. 
The celebrations will continue in Pante Macassar until the 31st of August with many activities including concerts, public speaking, a fair expo, ceremonies and seminars.