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The following news comes at a time when the Dayak communities of Central Kalimantan are suing large-

Published by MAC on 2003-02-22


The following news comes at a time when the Dayak communities of Central Kalimantan are suing large-scale miner PT Indo Muro Kencana (Aurora Gold-Australia) (see a further posting on this site). The 29 Dayak community members pressing the charges are traditional miners who own mining locations/pits. Since 1987, PT Indo Muro Kencana (IMK) has conducted activities at the community's mining locations. IMK has taken over their mining pits by using violence; community miners have been shot at and their mining equipment destroyed. Violent evictions have occurred with people being awoken in the small hours of the morning and forced to flee their homes as they watched their dwellings and belongings destroyed. The communities are seeking damages and a verdict from the State Jakarta court is expected shortly.

[Information from JATAM, Indonesia]

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