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Jakartans file historic lawsuit to fight air pollution

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 5 2019   /  12:32 am
Green, please: An activist campaigns for a pollution-free environment in Jakarta on Thursday. Residents of Greater Jakarta have filed a civil lawsuit with the Central Jakarta District Court because of poor air quality in the capital.(JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Green, please: An activist campaigns for a pollution-free environment in Jakarta on Thursday. Residents of Greater Jakarta have filed a civil lawsuit with the Central Jakarta District Court because of poor air quality in the capital.(JP/Donny Fernando)Residents of Greater Jakarta grouped under a movement named Tim Advokasi Ibukota (Jakarta Advocacy Team) filed a historic civil lawsuit with the Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday to fight air pollution in the city and demand that the central government and regional administrations do something about it.Wearing blue T-shirts bearing the slogan “Aku & Polusi” (Pollution and I), about 20 plaintiffs arrived at the court at 1:30 p.m.Among the plaintiffs was Istu Prayogi, who in 2016 was told by his doctor that he was sensitive to air pollution.He moved to Jakarta in 1989 to teach. Everything was fine until in 1995 he began to ex...