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Jakarta Post

Nationwide rallies mark Environment Day

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Suherdjoko, Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 6 2009   /  12:27 pm

Groups of activists, students and environmentalists staged rallies across the nation Friday to mark World Environment Day and raise public awareness of Indonesia's environmental problems. In Malang, East Java, a group calling themselves the Greater Malang Community Alliance for Environmental Awareness (AMPL), rallied at the regency's administrative office to voice their concern over various environmentally damaging government policies. The highlight of the protest came with the handing over of a letter written by the protesters addressed to "hell's guardian angel." "Why did we address it to the Malang municipal council? Because we're convinced that there are many angels there," AMPL spokesman Wiwid Tuhu Prasetya told reporters during the demonstration. He said sending a letter to "the angels" was a form of expressing the disappointment and anger of environmental activ...