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Jakarta Post

Banyuwangi villagers safeguard mountain range against gold exploration

  • Aman Rochman and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Banyuwangi and Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  08:17 am
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Residents of Banyuwangi, East Java, stand under their makeshift tents while protesting the planned gold mine exploration of Mount Salakan on Jan. 13.(JP/Aman Rochman)

Dozens of residents of Sumberagung village in Pesanggaran district, Banyuwangi regency, East Java, have occupied nearby Mount Salakan for nearly a week to protect it from gold mining activities as part of protests that activists said resulted in a clash with the police over the weekend.

The police, however, have denied the activists' claim. The residents blocked researchers from mining company Bumi Suksesindo (BSI), a subsidiary of publicly listed company Merdeka Copper Gold, from accessing the mountain on Saturday. The residents said they rejected a plan to evaluate the mineral content of Mount Salakan because they had suffered from adverse ecological effects of a gold mine operated by the same company on nearby Mount Tumpang Pitu. The company has rejected the residents' claim, saying that it "carries out its operations based on national gover...