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Jakarta Post

Indigenous peoples demand land back from Lake Toba Authority

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  09:03 am
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A fisherman on Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia.(Shutterstock/DH Saragih)

Customary people in the Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra, are demanding the government return their traditional lands they claim had been taken by the Lake Toba Authority (BPODT) for tourism purposes. They are claiming the land appropriation violated the law. The group is especially criticizing the authority for unilaterally evicting residents from their own villages for the launch of the Caldera-Toba Nomadic Escape in Ajibata district in Toba Samosir last week. “It’s very inhumane,” the director of a local NGO called People's Initiative Development and Study Group (KSPPM), Delima Silalahi, said on Monday. The group represented the residents of the customary Sigapiton village who she said had been ousted from their land when it was encroached upon for tourism purposes. “Several residents wanted to get their land back but they were thrown out. Ma...