East Timor bans Pencak Silat amid violence
At least 12 East Timorese have been killed and more than 200 injured in the past two years as a result of fighting among rival pencak silat clubs, said Armando Monteiro, National Police detective chief.
Schools and clubs for pencak silat, an adapted form of the Indonesian martial art, have a long history in East Timor, with many students in the past fighting against Indonesia's military occupation. They also became active clandestine members in supporting guerrilla fighters and some made significant contributions toward winning the country's independence in 2002.
"Any martial arts clubs members that violate the government resolution will be dealt with under the law,'' Mr Monteiro said. There will be "zero tolerance for martial arts activities in the country.''