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Jakarta Post

Islands in focus: Hunger strike over Kulon Progo airport continues

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, October 31, 2015   /  03:35 pm

YOGYAKARTA: Four university students continued their hunger strike in front of the Yogyakarta Legislative Council'€™s (DPRD) headquarters, which began earlier this week in protest of the provincial administration'€™s plan to build an airport in Kulon Progo regency, despite it being rejected by local farmers.

The strike began on Monday after hundreds of farmers from Kulon Progo staged a rally at the same venue in response to the Supreme Court'€™s recent decision to uphold a Yogyakarta gubernatorial decree allowing the establishment of an airport in Temon district, Kulon Progo.

'€œAs of today [Friday], no government official or councilor has paid us a visit,'€ said activist Moti Ibrahim, who helped organize the strikes.

Local activists and farmers have claimed that at least 2,800 farmers would lose their jobs should the government build the airport. They also said that the decree violated the National Spatial Planning (RTRW).

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