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Banyuwangi villagers safeguard mountain range against gold exploration

  • Aman Rochman and Karina Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Banyuwangi/Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  12:36 am
Green values, not gold: Dozens of people protest against mineral-exploration research by PT Bumi Suksesindo (BSI) and Jakarta-based Trisakti University on Mount Salakan in Sumberagung village, Banyuwangi, East Java, on Friday. They oppose a plan by the company to mine gold in the mountain. (Courtesy of Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), East Java)

Green values, not gold: Dozens of people protest against mineral-exploration research by PT Bumi Suksesindo (BSI) and Jakarta-based Trisakti University on Mount Salakan in Sumberagung village, Banyuwangi, East Java, on Friday. They oppose a plan by the company to mine gold in the mountain. (Courtesy of Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), East Java)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 resulted in a clash with the police over the weekend.They 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 t...