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'Jokowi, help us': Activists reject plan to develop road traversing forest areas

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Mon, July 22, 2019   /  05:49 pm
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One of the banners used during the protest was emblazoned with the words “Jokowi, help us. Reject the proposal of mining road traversing the remaining forest area on South Sumatra-Jambi borders”.(The Jakarta Post/Jon Afrizal)

Activists from a coalition of 36 civil society groups have protested a proposal to build a 31.8-kilometer-long mining road that they say will damage the ecosystem in the forestry area of Jambi and South Sumatra, asking President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s support to halt the plan. The road was proposed by coal mining company PT Marga Bara Jaya and the permit was being processed at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, according to members of the coalition. Members of the NGOs based in the two provinces held a protest over the plan on Saturday, unfurling banners in the location of which the road was set to be constructed in Batanghari Leko subdistrict, Musi Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra. One of the banners used during the protest was emblazoned with the words “Jokowi, help us. Reject the proposal for a mining road traversing the remaining forest area in So...