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Jakarta Post

Authorities, indigenous people clash on disputed land

  • Ghina Ghaliya


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 16 2020   /  01:00 am
The Besipae community as seen after an eviction on Aug. 18 in Timor Tengah Selatan, East Nusa Tenggara.(Courtesy of ITA-PKK/-)

Local authorities allegedly clashed with members of an indigenous community in Pubabu-Basipae village in South Central Timor regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), on Wednesday following the community’s continued rejection of a provincial agricultural program on disputed land. A video uploaded to Instagram by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an NGO, shows what appears to be a group of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers and several other uniformed people kicking and hitting members of the Besipae indigenous community. They had reportedly refused to give up their customary land in Pubabu forest, which the administration had sought to claim. Akhmad Bumi, a lawyer representing the community, said their rejection of the authorities had elicited a repressive attack. He said at least five women and children were injured in the clash. Among them was Demaris Tefa, 4...