Central Sulawesi, Indonesia: mining company offices burnt

February 6: Mining company property was burnt in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, in a demonstration by hundreds of residents who demanded the company leave the area.

[note: early reports suggest that the motivation of protesters was demands that the company leave. Other reports state that they asked the company “to implement a working contract it had possessed since 1968 to build a nickel mine and processing site in the area so that locals would benefit from the operations.” Information from anyone who knows what’s going on is welcomed]

Hundreds of people rallied to INCO’s Morowali branch office in Jaya village. Failing to meet company executives, they burnt down the office as well as employee housing and vehicles. No casualties were reported.

Residents had previously occupied and set fire to offices of PT Inco’s facilities in the village of Lele, District Bahodapi, Morowali regency, Central Sulawesi.

There has been opposition to Pt Vale Indonesia Tbk (PT.INCO, formerly PT International Nickel Indonesia Tbk) for many years. In 2008, when residents held blockades and peaceful demonstrations demanding compensation for confiscated community land.
Earlier this year thousands of people rallied to Regional House of Representative to urge that the government act on INCO, and had occupied INCO’s office in Dhampala Village, Bahodopi from then until now.
source: Kokemi (via auto-translate), VIVAnews, Indonesia Today

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