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Indigenous Peoples Defend Their Territory from Concessioners (bahasa Indonesia)


Aerial view over Toba Lake, North Sumatra. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Indonesia, date unknown.

Hundreds of families have begun to restore customary forest.

Masyarakat Adat Pertahankan Wilayahnya dari Konsesi PT. TPL
The Mass Action Alliance of Movement to Close TPL is shown in front of the Humbang Hasundutan Regent's Office on July 19, 2021. Image by Barita N. Lumbanbatu. Indonesia.

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"We are here taking to the streets in an effort to save Lake Toba. One of its destroyers is [PT. Toba Pulp Lestari concessioner]. We are asking for a recommendation from Regent Humbang Hasundutan to immediately revoke the TPL permit," said Jhontoni, the leader of the Movement to Close TPL, during a speech at the Humbang Hasundutan Regent's Office in Doloksanggul on Monday, July 19, 2021.

The long march from the DPRD office to the Humbahas Regent's Office involved Indigenous people (Aek Lung, Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, Pargamanan Bintang Maria, Sijama Polang, Sait Ni Huta), civil society organizations, and students.

This mass action was met directly by the Regional Secretary, Tonny Sihombing. With the strict supervision of the police, he promised to take this aspiration to a higher level and the central government. The protest took place according to health protocols, and protesters wore masks.

Seorang petani kemenyan mengumpulkan hasil menderes getah pohon kemenyan di hutan adat Desa Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, Kecamatan Pollung, Kab. Humbahas. [Barita N. Lumbanbatu]
A frankincense farmer collects the yield of incense tree sap in the traditional forest of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta Village, Pollung District. Image by Barita N. Lumbanbatu. Indonesia, 2021.
Hutan lokasi areal konflik Masyarakat Adat Pandumaan-Sipituhuta dengan PT. Toba Pulp Lestari, tanaman penuh eukaliptus di lokasi PT. TPL Sektor Tele, Humbang Hasundutan. [Barita News Lumbanbatu]
The forest where the Pandumaan-Sipituhuta Indigenous Community is in conflict with PT. Toba Pulp Lestari. Image by Barita News Lumbanbatu. Indonesia, 2021.


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