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Activists stand against mining policies, call for boycott of local elections

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 7, 2020   /  03:46 pm
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Tugs tow coal barges on the Mahakam River in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, in this December 2017 photo.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Environmental activists have criticized President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for rolling out the red carpet to mining investors at the expense of local people and have called for abstention during the 2020 regional elections as a form of protest. “Under Jokowi’s regime, the [government’s] dependency on the mining sector, especially coal mining, has become huge,” Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) campaign manager Melky Nahar said during a discussion in Jakarta on Monday. He said Jokowi’s policies that favor investors and corporations have led to rampant land conflicts in mining concession areas. Jatam recorded 71 conflicts related to mining operations between 2014 and 2019, despite the decline in mining permit issuance by the government from around 12,000 permits in 2013 to around 8,000 permits in 2019. “While it’s true that the nu...