62 days hard at it...
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It was my intention to work through August because this month is a huge one as far as Timor Leste goes. The 30th is the 10 year celebration of their vote for independence (the 4th of September being the date the papers were signed) and that means there are huge plans for a party afoot.
I’ve already been working on the Traffic
plan for an international mountain biking event, the “Tour de Timor”. (check out= www.tourdetimor.com)
This begins on the 24th Aug and travels through 9 of the 13 districts. It’s a concept that should see the country displayed to the world and if all goes as planned the world will see that Timor Leste is no longer the dangerous place it was in 2006.
As far as police operation planning goes
it’s been a bit of a nightmare.
Typically we would like to have the bulk of the job done a month in
advance but I was only told about this two weeks ago and the Race Director has
only just arrived from Aussie on Monday.
Then yesterday I was told of the celebration activities. I was called to a meeting with a government department together with the Dili district Chief of Operations and the Close Protection Team Leader.
The meeting was at 4pm. At 5.20pm I walked out of there having discovered the party will start on Saturday and won’t stop until 1st September. There are events planned every day around Dili, starting with a street festival and ending with a fireworks display and all night dancing.
Now I could be a little annoyed at the prospect of devising a traffic management plan for a capital city holding events for the next two weeks, starting in 1 day, but I wasn’t.
You say. Has
It’s not the way I would like to do things but the truth of the matter is Timor Leste is not going to grind to a halt because I’m not at my computer. Actually, that might be just what it does but it would probably do that even if I was there, after all there will be dancing in the streets so traffic will have to stop!