Indonesia: Conflict Between Takalar Farmers and PTPN XIV Flares up – Farmer Shot by Police

2 December, Hidup Biasa, translated from Mongabay. The conflict between residents of Takalar Regency, South Sulawesi and state-owned plantation company PTPN XIV has flared up once again.

Unavoidable clashes between the people of North Polongbangkeng Sub-district and Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) on Monday morning (2/12/13) resulted in community member Yunus Daeng Empo receiving a bullet in his right thigh.

When contacted by Mongabay, Zulkarnain, Walhi South Sulawesi’s executive director, said that the incident was provoked by PTPN IV’s plan to cultivate disputed land which is the subject of an ongoing case in the Supreme Court.

On hearing about this plan, dozens of local people went to the location being guarded by 10-20 members of South Sulawesi Police Mobile Brigade. The situation heated up as PTPN XIV failed to heed the community’s protests. Yunus Daeng Empo was trying to stop the company working the land when the police shot him. “The situation became chaotic when Brimob started arresting and shooting people,” Zulkarnain said today. Continue reading “Indonesia: Conflict Between Takalar Farmers and PTPN XIV Flares up – Farmer Shot by Police”