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Jakarta Post

Kite flying, road block part of protests against airport project in Tangerang

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  07:31 pm
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Residents of Rawa Rengas village in Tangerang regency, Banten, look over a field where they burned tires as part of protests against state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II on June 26. (JP/Robert Yota)

Three teens were chatting with excitement as they were flying their kites on a field in Rawa Rengas village, Kosambi district in Tangerang regency, Banten, near thick smoke coming from burning tires. It was not a regular kite-flying activity for the local teens as it was part of the ongoing protests by residents against state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura. The teenagers were directed to play with the kites there, aiming to disrupt flights at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Besides the kites and burning tires, residents also staged protests on Monday where they blocked Jl. Perimeter Utara, the main road north of the airport. The residents blocked the road with bamboo, tree trunks and shattered glass to voice their protest. “Let death be the price! Compensate us, execution is not the solution. We are prepared to defend our land,” the banners laid o...