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Pari Island residents clash with police over land issue

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 20, 2017   /   05:31 pm
Pari Island residents clash with police over land issue Pari Island fishermen stage a theatrical protest in front of the North Jakarta Prosecutor's Office on May 23, demanding the temporary release of three fellow sailors, who were detained for allegedly charging tourists illegal levies at Perawan Beach in Thousand Islands regency. (JP/Fachrul Sidiq)

Residents and police clashed on Pari Island in Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency on Monday after police tried to seal off disputed land.

Fifteen residents were injured in the clash over land ownership relating to private enterprise PT Bumi Pari Asri, which claims to own 90 percent of the island. The injured residents were taken to the nearby community health center (Puskesmas).

About 80 Thousands Islands Police and four Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel were involved in sealing off areas, a press statement from the People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) said.

Since early morning, Pari Island residents had been in the area to protest against the police measure, which they described as land grabbing. 

KIARA deputy head Tigor Hutapea said the 15 injured residents included women. 

Earlier this month, police had named community unit (RW) head Sulaiman a suspect for allegedly breaking into a property claimed by PT Bumi Pari Asri, which plans to build a resort on the island.

Sulaiman claimed he had managed the property as a homestay since 2012 and that it belonged to a Bogor resident named Sudin, who had bought it from a Pari Island resident identified as Matlebar. (rdi)