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After forced eviction, Semarang fishermen insist on living near sea

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

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Semarang   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /  07:09 pm
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Tambakrejo kampung in Semarang.(Tribun Jateng/Akhtur Gumilang)

After their houses got demolished last week, 97 affected fishermen families kept refusing to relocate to a prepared low-cost apartment that is far from the sea and negotiated with the Semarang administration to move to a nearby location. In a forum between the administration and hundreds of Tambakrejo residents, mediated by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, the city finally agreed to relocate the residents to nearby Kalimati. The Semarang administration forcefully evicted 97 families from Tambakrejo on Thursday after they refused to move to a low-cost apartment in Kudu, 10 kilometers away from their neighborhood. After the forced eviction, they stayed under the bridge and in makeshift tents erected by volunteers. “It’s impossible for you all to stay in tents,” Ganjar said in the meeting. He reiterated the administration’s offer to relocate them to Kud...