Papuan students in Makassar call on government to close Freeport

Makassar Today – April 7, 2017
Papuan students in Makassar call on government to close Freeport
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Makassar – Scores of student from the Student Solidarity Concern Forum for the Papuan People (FSMPRP) held a rally this morning under the Jl. Urip Sumoharjo flyover in the South Sulawesi city of Makassar on Friday April 7.

The students were voicing their aspirations regarding the control of a gold mine in the land of their birth by PT Freeport Indonesia.

In a speech by one of the demonstrators, Lawon Enumbay from the University of Eastern Indonesia (UIT) Faculty of Law made three demands, namely rejecting the Foreign Investment Business Permit and the Special Mining Licence (IUPK) along with calling on the government to close PT Freeport Indonesia.

“We are conveying our three point demand in the hope that the president of Indonesia, Bapak Joko Widodo can take a position or policy of refusing to cooperate with PT Freeport”.

Their demands were based on the view that the activities of the Freeport mining company have not brought any positive impact to the Papuan people.

After taking turns in giving speeches, the Papuan students disbanded in an orderly fashion. (syamsul)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was “Mahasiswa Papua di Makassar Desak Pemerintah Tutup PT Freeport”.]