MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Indonesia Update

Published by MAC on 2006-03-20


Indonesia Update

20th March 2006

Demands by West Papuan for the closure of the Freeport-Rio Tinto Grasberg mine last week reached an unprecedented level, with the Indonesian authorities clamping down hard on protestors. Three policemen and a soldier have already been killed.

Newmont's exploration on Sumbawa has also triggered violent community opposition. And a new report sugests that, at the present rate of exploitation (including by mining companies), all the country's forests will have disappeared by the year 2221.

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