By Rhett A. Butler, March 6, 2014. Source: Mongabay
A member of the Suku Anak Dalam indigenous community was killed and five others were injured during a clash with security forces on an oil palm concession owned by PT Asiatic Persada in Sumatra, reports Mongabay-Indonesia.
The incident occurred Wednesday evening in Bungku, Jambi. According to eyewitness accounts, security forces raided the village and arrested Titus, a 26-year old resident, who was forcibly taken into custody. It is unclear why he was arrested.
As word of the arrest spread, a large number of residents approached the Asiatic Persada office where Titus was taken. Security responded with force, firing guns and beating the protesters, six of whom were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals. One of the victims, Pujiono, aged 40, succumbed to his injuries at 11 pm.
Asiatic Persada is a subsidiary of the Ganda Group, a palm oil giant that supplies Wilmar, the world’s largest palm oil company. Wilmar recently established a policy that bars palm oil produced via deforestation, peatlands degradation, or social conflict. The incident is therefore the first major test for Wilmar, says Greenpeace. Continue reading