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Jakarta Post

Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 30 2010   /  10:01 am

Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java.Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances. In Jakarta, activists staged a play in which two men smeared with mud bemoaned their fate as all their belongings were lost to the mudflow.The play also featured two men wearing the masks of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In the play, the two men gave the impression that they ignored the plight of the victims.“It symbolizes the lack of action by the government in dealing with the mudflow case, leaving the victims in limbo,” Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) coordinator Andri S. Wijaya said.He said the government had not taken any...