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Islanders protest mining activities on Sunda Strait

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Sebesi Island, South Lampung   /   Mon, September 23 2019   /  01:16 am

Sand mining on the Sunda Strait near Anak Krakatau volcanic island has alarmed residents of Sebesi Island in South Lampung, as it has been deemed a danger to the environment and fishermen, especially after an eruption and tsunami in December last year.PT Lautan Indonesia Persada (LIP) obtained a license to mine sand from the Lampung Investment Agency in 2015 near Sebesi Island and Anak Krakatau.Sebesi islanders first noticed a mining ship on Aug. 10, but they were not initially concerned, Sebesi resident Rahmatullah said.The ship then appeared the next day, which worried residents, Rahmatullah added, and 10 days after that, representatives of the company, including its director, Stefan Gunter Tjang, visited the island to inform people that the company would begin mining sand in the area. “As far as I know, no equipment should be used yet. Residents reject the plan,” Rahmatullah said....