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.
From Hidup Biasa: On the morning of 8th February 2012, local people from kampung Tablasupa, near to the Papuan capital Jayapura, burned a drilling rig belonging to the mining company PT Tablasupa Nikel Mining. The action was connected to an ongoing conflict between local people and the company, which plans to mine nickel on 9629 hectares of land, and is currently carrying out exploration activities. Although the company has been given a permit by the local Jayapura Bupati’s office, the people of Tablasupa feel that their rights as the holders of customary rights over the land have not been respected.
Two weeks after the machine was burnt, on February 20th, police arrested three villagers. Saul Sorontouw, Lambertus Seibo and Kanisius Kromisian. They have been charged under article 170 of the Indonesian penal code, and are being held in Jayapura police headquarters. While in prison Saul Sorontouw has been ill with gout, which has caused swellings in his knees. On February 28th police demanded statements from another six villagers, but they were allowed to go home that evening. Continue reading “Papua: Tablasupa Nickel Mining’s Drilling Rig Burned, Three Imprisoned”
February 2: Around 20 people attacked the Mamosalato police station with rocks and Molotov cocktails. No fatalities or injuries were reported. The attack on the station, in Morowali regency, Central Sulawesi, was linked by police an incident last year in which two people were killed after unrest around an offshore drilling company. Continue reading “Sulawesi, Indonesia: police station attacked”
Addition: After setting fire to the office, thousands to people went to the Bima Prison. 53 people were released after the crowd threatened to burn the prison if those held since the events on December 24 were not released. Prison officers met their request. The police are reported to be looking for the ‘escapees’. (via Negasi-negasi)
On Thursday January 26, demonstrators stormed the Bima Regency office compound before burning the office and several other buildings in the compound in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara. Their anger was driven by the local administration failing to permanently revoke the mining permit of PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (Arc Exploration).
On Saturday, following this demonstration, Regent Ferry Zulkarnain revoked the mining permit for “security reasons.”
December 26: There were protests in parts of Indonesia against police following the murder of anti-mining demonstrators in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, on December 24.
In Makassar, South Sulawesi, more than 300 people took to the streets. They destroyed three police posts, pelted police and attacked symbols of capitalism such as banks, and the symbols of the political elite and the political advertising such as billboards. A 23-year-old student was arrested. Two others had been arrested by police intelligence, but the arrest was forcibly prevented by dozens of other protesters.
Similar protests took place in Medan, North Sumatra, where demonstrators condemned what they perceived as the National Police protecting the interests of the business community.
December 24: Eight people were killed when police opened fire on demonstrators in Sape Port, Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Hundreds more people were wounded. Ten people have been arrested by the police. Most of the people who were attacked ran away towards the mountain and many are still in hiding.