More People Sew Their Mouths Shut in Protest Against Paper Company
The Jakarta Globe
Ten more people sewed their mouths shut in a protest in front of the House building in Jakarta on Wednesday, joining other protesters who did the same on Monday and Tuesday.
The protesters are demanding the government revoke a permit issued for a paper company to clear forest categorized as industrial plantation forest.
“There are 10 more people that have sewn their mouths,” Binbin Firman Tresnadi, the coordinator of the protesters, said as quoted by detik.com.
Eight people sewed their mouths shut on Monday and 10 sewed their mouths shut on Tuesday.
The protesters from Communication Forum to Save Padang Island, are demanding the government revoke a concession given to Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper [RAPP]. The group claimed RAPP cleared land during its operation that has made local people worry about the possibility of erosion caused by deforestation.
Some of the protesters’ conditions have weakened because they have not eaten.
House Speaker Marzuki Alie on Wednesday requested that the protesters stop the protest and promised them that the House would request that the regional government solve the problem.
“Don’t sew your mouths shut because you cannot eat, work and it’s useless,” he said.
The protesters ignored Marzuki and continued their protest.