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Jakarta Post

Clash with soldiers over disputed Kebumen land leaves farmers injured

  • Agus Maryono¬†

    The Jakarta Post

Kebumen   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  02:58 pm
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An incomplete fence on a field.(Shutterstock/S Curtis)

A neglected agrarian land conflict in Kebumen regency, Central Java has led to a number of clashes between farmers and soldiers, with the latest on Wednesday reportedly leaving more than a dozen farmers wounded in Brencong village The clash happened when a group of local farmers tried to stop military personnel from building fences on land claimed by both the Army and the civilian farmers near Urut Sewu beach by Brencong village in Bulupesantren district. The dispute has gone on for decades and is still not resolved. The lawyer representing the farmers, Teguh Purnomo, confirmed the incident took place. “It is true. We are still doing guidance and data collecting. So far, at least 16 farmers were wounded in the incident,” Teguh told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. To file legal reports, the farmers had undergone medical examinations in the Buluspesantren community h...