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Jakarta Post

Mt. Leuser National Park evictions on hold

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, June 30 2011   /  08:00 am

The eviction of people who have set up homes in Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, have been temporarily halted following a clash between locals and security officers on Monday.

TNGL agency head Andi Basrul said his office decided to suspend eviction efforts in an endeavor to restore order and create a conducive climate after the clash. “But we will soon restart the operation. By next month at the latest they all have to leave the TNGL area,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Thousands of illegal inhabitants of TNGL were involved in a physical clash with a joint eviction team comprising forest rangers, police and military personnel on Monday. No fatalities were reported but 15 civilians and three security officers were injured.

Monday’s clash was the biggest and worst clash to happen in 11 years, with fights between securi...