One shot dead, hundreds arrested and beaten by security at Australian-owned mine in Indonesia

Thursday 8 Jan 2004

BRIMOB paramilitary police acting as security for Newcrest Mining today shot one person dead and arrested and beat many others of the Kao and Malifut community who took part in a peaceful protest against the company's operations on their land in Halmahera, North Maluku.

On 7 Jan 2004, over 800 local people marched and blockaded Newcrest's new Toguraci gold mine site, which is operating without the agreement of the community and contrary to Indonesian law which prohibits open-cut mining in the Toguraci protected forest.

A coalition of NGOs has formed "Solidarity with the Kao and Malifut Community" and will today deliver the community's protest against deadly violence by mine security forces to KOMNAS HAM (Human Rights Comission) in Jakarta.

For further details please contact:
Igor O'Neill <inform@mpi.org.au>
WALHI/ Friends of the Earth Indonesia (+62) 0812 8612 286 or email estee@walhi.or.id
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Solidarity with the Kao and Malifut Community:
LBH Rakyat, ELSAM, TAPAL, KONTRAS, AMAN, SKEPHI, Masyarakat Kao dan Malifut, dan Koalisi Tolak Tambang di Hutan Lindung (JATAM; WALHI; ICEL; WWF Indonesia; Kehati; PELANGI; Forest Watch Indonesia; Mineral Policy Institute; POKJA PSDA; PELA)
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Background info at:
http://www.walhi.or.id/English/updates/goldmine_viobreak_forest_31122003...

Vigil planned for Melbourne

Monday 12 January, 12.30 - 2pm
Newcrest mining company, 600 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
For further information: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au