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Farmer protest turns violent in Medan, dozens hospitalized

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Oyos Saroso

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Bandar Lampung   /   Tue, September 25 2012   /  10:25 am
Defeated: A protester lies in the trench where he fell during a violent clash with security personnel inside the governor’s office compound in Medan, North Sumatra. Thousands of farmers, students, activists and fishermen went to the streets to protest the deployment of security personnel in land conflicts. The demonstration turned violent after acting Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho declined to meet with them.(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Defeated: A protester lies in the trench where he fell during a violent clash with security personnel inside the governor’s office compound in Medan, North Sumatra. Thousands of farmers, students, activists and fishermen went to the streets to protest the deployment of security personnel in land conflicts. The demonstration turned violent after acting Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho declined to meet with them.(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)Dozens were hospitalized after hundreds of farmers clashed with riot police at the governor’s office in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday, after they failed to meet with acting Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho.

Johan Merdeka, who coordinated the demonstration in observance of National Farmers Day, said the clash was triggered by the arrogance of security personnel who beat and kicked two women protesters after protesters forced their way into the governor’s of...