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Jakarta Post

New clash in land dispute in N. Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, May 23 2012   /  07:44 am

At least 24 people were injured, some severely, as a clash broke out between local residents and security guards hired by state plantation company PTPN II in Namorobe Julu in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

Seventeen of those injured were PTPN II security guards. Most suffered from slash wounds, while others were shot by air rifles or poisoned arrows.

The injured guards were taken to Dangkatan Hospital in Binjai, while the seven residents injured in the clash were taken to Bina Kasih Hospital in Medan.

Five trucks were also set on fire during the clash, which erupted at 10 a.m. local time when hundreds of guards on 19 trucks arrived in the village to take disputed land from the residents. Tono, a local resident, said the clash was unavoidable since they had refused to vacate.

The situation quickly turned chaotic as the two camps attacked each other. <...