Indonesia: residents of West Manggarai reject mine, luxury restaurant attacked

Source: Kokemi

On April 14, hundreds of residents gathered for a protest in West Manggarai district (Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara province), against gold mining exploration in Batu Gosok. According to residents, mining activities could damage the environment in which they live and could weaken the position of their lives.

There is also anger against government plans for more development, including luxury hotels.

Annoyed that, after several hours of speeches, not one person came out to meet the Government of the people, protesters tried to break through police barricades to the Regent’s office.  Unable to break through, angry protesters launched attacks on other capitalist property, including an elite restaurant and a mining project support office.

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