South Sumatran farmers to have hunger sit-in

A group of farmers from South Sumatra are planning a hunger strike in protest against the confiscation of their land by a sugar company, PT. Laju PerdanaIndah (LPI).

The demonstration is expected to begin in front of the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) office on Jl. Diponegoro in Central Jakarta on Wednesday at midday.

An attorney to the farmers, Abdul Rahman, said their land was confiscated on Sept. 1, 2008 when a group of people with heavy machinery backed by the military and police came and seized 254,34 hectares of palm and rubber plantations. The farmers said the land belonged to villages III, IV, V, Tinggal Jaya village, and Campang Tiga Ilir village, South Sumatra.

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