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Police suspect arson in Greenpeace camp fire

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 12 2010   /  12:55 pm

PEKANBARU: Pelalawan Police in Riau province said they found indications of arson in a fire that gutted Greenpeace Indonesia's camp in a peatland forest in Semenanjung Kampar in Teluk Kampar district. "We questioned witnesses and investigated the scene and found indications of arsons, probably by those who dislike Greenpeace," Pelalawan Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Arie Rachman was quoted as saying Sunday by Antara news agency. The fire razed the camp at dawn on Sunday. Camp caretaker Syamsuddin, who reported the fire to police, said he was not in the vicinity at the time. He said he gone home on Saturday. The police backed up their claims by pointing to a conflict between Greenpeace and locals several days before. They said locals opposed to Greenpeace's presence assaulted the NGO's supporters. Greenpeace activists had arrived at the area to support some local residen...