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Indigenous peoples injured in clash with state-owned plantation company in N. Sumatra

first_img“We tried to block them, but we weren’t strong enough so we were stampeded by PTPN II forces, even my child was stepped on,” Nur’ainun told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday while holding back tears due to the pain she felt from her injured leg.Fauzi, another one of the injured, said he was beaten up by five people wearing PTPN II security guard and TNI uniforms when he tried to stop them from damaging a post set up by a local nongovernmental organization. “They were very brutal,” Fauzi told the Post. “I saw many indigenous peoples being chased around and hit with bricks, wood and fists.”Fauzi sustained injuries to his head, lips and forehead due to the beating. Dozens of indigenous peoples of Kampung Durian Selamak, Langkat regency, North Sumatra were injured in a clash with security forces on Tuesday after attempting to block state-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara II (PTPN II) from occupying their customary land.Those injured, mostly women, said they were hit by PTPN II security guards who were assisted by local police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel.Nur’ainun, one of the injured, said local residents were trying to block PTPN II’s heavy machinery from entering the land but were unable to do so because they were outnumbered. Wina Khairina, a member of the Kampung Durian Selemak advocacy team, condemned the actions of the security forces and said the team had reported the incident to the police.“We hope our report is processed immediately because many people have been victimized,” Wina said, adding that she hoped the government would support the residents in this land dispute.Langkat Police intelligence division head Adj. Comr. Suherman Siregar declined to comment on the incident when contacted by the Post.Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) North Sumatra branch head Ansyurdin said the clash was a warning from PTPN II for the local residents to immediately vacate the 117-hectare area of land on Sept. 24.“PTPN II offered to pay residents Rp 2 million [US$134] per hectare and Rp 20 million for each house, but the indigenous community rejected their offer,” Ansyurdin said. “Maybe because they were frustrated, PTPN II threatened to destroy all the houses of the indigenous peoples of Kampung Durian Selemak.”Ansyurdin said 500 families currently lived in the village and had cultivated the land there for decades, planting vegetables and fruits such as oranges. He said each resident made around Rp 2.5 million per month from the crops.“That income is very important for them to fulfill their daily needs,” he said.Amnesty International Indonesia deputy director Ary Hermawan also spoke out against the incident, saying it was the latest in a string of clashes between indigenous peoples and companies looking to evict them from their land.”The government and security forces have to understand that land is a living resource that many indigenous communities use to fulfill their socioeconomic rights, including food, water, work and shelter,” Ary said in a statement on Wednesday. “Many of these rights cannot be enjoyed without access to land.”When contacted by the Post about the clash, PTPN II lawyer Ali Yusran Gea declined to comment.“Sorry, I cannot comment on that issue,” he told the Post on Tuesday night.A day before the clash, PTPN II lawyer Sastra had announced that the company would seek to clear land in several locations, including Kampung Durian Selemak, to accelerate national sugar production.“The clearing of all land owned by PTPN II must be conducted immediately in order to fulfill and support national sugar production that has been planned by the government and the PTPN II management,” Sastra said on Monday. (kmt)Topics :last_img read more

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Danilo Gallinari says he hopes to return to Clippers’ lineup by month’s end

first_img Coach Doc Rivers says Clippers miss Danilo Gallinari most of all their injured players Certainly, the road-weary Clippers could use a healthy and productive Gallinari for the season’s final nine regular-season games. They are in the midst of a stretch in which they play nine of 11 games on the road. They conclude the regular season by playing five of six at home, however.“Against Portland, we saw a team (that was) a bit tired, but still nothing is over until the last game,” Gallinari told reporter Zeno Pisani. “It is essential to do well and win on this road trip, which is why I hope to return immediately.” Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said Tuesday he “hopes” to be back on the court by the end of the month. He hasn’t played since he was injured during the Clippers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 22 and didn’t join the team for the start of its four-game trip Tuesday at Minnesota.“The hand is better,” Gallinari told a reporter for Sky Sports’ Italian-language website. “I did the last test, positive results, so now I can start again with the rehabilitation.”Gallinari has been limited to 19 games this season because of hand and gluteus maximus injuries. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32.2 minutes before he was injured when Golden State’s Draymond Green accidentally elbowed him in the hand.If all goes as planned and he suffers no further setbacks, Gallinari said he could be back in the Clippers’ lineup for their next home game, March 27 against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. He did not join his teammates for their trip to play Minnesota, Milwaukee, Indiana and Toronto. The Clippers’ loss Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers was their third consecutive, dropping them into 10th place in the Western Conference, two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Coach Doc Rivers said the team missed Gallinari more than any of their other injured players.“It’s not even close,” Rivers said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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