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Posts Tagged ‘Kulon Progo’

To Farm or to Die, Resist the Iron Mine! Indonesian Embassy Visit (UK)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011



21 April 2011

“On the afternoon of Thursday the 21st of April 2011 we visited the Indonesian Embassy in London, UK to deliver a letter to the Indonesian Government in Jakarta. This was done in solidarity with the people of Kulon Progo, whose lives and land are threatened by the Iron Sands Mining Project being carried out by the Australian Mining Company PT Indomine and the Indonesian State. We also visited the London offices of the Anglo Pacific Group round the corner in Mayfair to deliver the same letter to be sent to Indonesia and Australia. Anglo Pacific Group holds royalties in PT Indomine.
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Mitie van torched in Bristol (UK)

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

12 April 2011

“Let us be clear on something: we are not demanding anything. The libertarian world that we desire is here, in our beating hearts and clenched fists, not to be found through the concessions of our enemies, allegiance to this or that party/union/’social movement’. We have no dialogue to be made with the world we have discovered ourselves to be at war with, as it is at war with us. And we are not alone. Across the world the attacks multiply – some claimed clearly by comrades in the perspective of the struggle against State, Capital and Hierarchy in whatever forms, many, as always, a mute expression of the rage of stolen lives, broken hearts, trampled desires. Also made beautiful in their rebellion.

We are losing the fear cast over our lives by the powers that be and widespread social conformity and blind tranquility of the Western consumer world – the thin veneer that sugar-coats the exploitation and control that is our existence. More and more as we find the courage to pull back the veil, we realise that the system’s tools that mediate our slavery are all around us and within reach of our carefully aimed anger. Just one example of this is Mitie, merely one of many parasite companies that profit endlessly from the recession and misery of modern Britain – so just one of many blows to come we made last night in Staple Hill, Bristol, when we burned an unattended Mitie van.

To our unknown friends made prisoners in their path as social fighters – Luca Bernasconi, Silvia Guerini, Costa Ragusa, Giannis Dimitrakis, Alexei Gaskarov, Maxim Solopov; for those targetted in the police crackdown on the anti-authoritarians in Italy; for the Indonesian insurrectionists.”

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International Conspiracy for Revenge burns another Bank Central Asia ATM in solidarity attack (Indonesia)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

4 April 2011

‘International Conspiracy for Revenge’ (ICfR) have taken responsibility for burning another BCA (Bank Central Asia) ATM in Indonesia, in an action against the capitalist exploitation of Indonesian resources and state repression. BCA are handling finances for the industrial development of Kulon Progo. The actions are directly revindicated by flyers which were left at the scene which were the same as in a number of other incidents around the country.

The communique situates the actions in the context of revenge for the brutal oppression inflicted upon the people of Kulon Progo, Bima, Takalar, Padang Raya, Makassar, Jogja, Persil IV Medan, Buyat and Papua by the Indonesia state and multi-national corporations such as PT Indomines and BCA. The claim also denounced the role of the mainstream media, bureaucrats, police and the military.

The ATM was completely destroyed with the money inside, CCTV system burned out, and ATM unit gutted. There were no injuries reported and it was only witnessed when several people drove past the ATM noticing a fire.

More Info:

Previous ATM attack against Bank Central Asia, Makassar, Indonesia

Position Paper by Coastal Inhabitants of Kulon Progo

Indonesian Intifada – Direct Action Info Indonesia
Social War – Disturbance – Insurrection

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Position Paper by Coastal Inhabitants of Kulon Progo (Indonesia)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Received from the PPLP-KP (Coastal Farmers Association of Kulon Progo). This is their release of a position paper in regard to the plan to mine iron from the coastal sands of Kulon Progo, Indonesia.

there is no peace without justice
and there is no justice without conscience

PPLP KP

“Since 2006, we, the coastal inhabitants of Kulon Progo Regency, have struggled to defend our Human Rights (as guaranteed by UU [Undang-Undang = regulation] No 39 of 1999), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (as guaranteed by UU No 11 of 2005), and Right to Land (as guaranteed by UU no 5 of 1960). The presence of these rights and the prospect that they will continue into the future are under threat, due to the policies of the Kulon Progo Regency Government to mine iron sands and build a steel factory in an area which is settled by, and provides a livelihood for, its inhabitants. Just as it was known that it would, this mine has triggered a conflict between the people and the government, with no end in sight.”

Read the full document here (PDF).

Australian links for solidarity actions + more:

Indomines Pty Ltd are the Australian arm of the project, their offices are located at Level 1, 15 Rheola Street, WEST PERTH, WA, AUSTRALIA, 6005

Indo Mines
http://www.indomines.com.au/asx-announcements/
http://www.indomines.com.au/
http://www.asx.com.au/asx/research/companyInfo.do?by=asxCode&asxCode=IDO

Their Interim Financial Report (dated 16/03/11) reports a number of interesting things:

* Indomines remains in debt to Anglo Pacific Group, whom also apparently remain the largest shareholder of Indomines stocks. Their head offices are located at 17 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5NZ, Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7318 6360

* Indomines has appointed Outotec “to complete the process evaluation and design of the Iron Project”. This is to occur at Outotec Ausmelt, located at 12 Kitchen Road, Dandenong South (03) 9794 6200.

* Outotec also has offices located in Melbourne (72 Market St., South Melbourne), and a number of other Australian locations.

* “On 11 January 2011, the Company announced that the Bupati Kepala Daerah Kabupaten Kulon Progo (“Regional Government”) had approved the Company’s Environmental Impact Assessment scoping document (KA-ANDAL). The KA-ANDAL approval enables Indo Mines to complete the environmental and social base line measurements and engineering design required to finalise the Feasibility Study for the Jogjakarta Iron Project”

* “The planned staged development of the Jogjakarta Iron Project (“Iron Project”) continued to take shape with the Board approving the commencement of commercial trials of iron concentrate production in the first half of 2011. This decision will allow the Company to generate modest early cash flow from the Iron Project while also building its operating expertise ahead of full-scale production in mid-2012. A feasibility study assessing the potential to initially produce 2 million tonnes of iron concentrate per year from the Iron Project is scheduled for completion in June.

* “There is also further potential to produce 1 million tonnes of pig iron per year at a later date. A feasibility study for the pig iron development will be completed in the next 18 months.”

Outside of the interim report, it should be known that StoneBridge, “a staff owned boutique investment firm with over 15 years experience in the Australian public and private markets”, has been managing placements for Indomines. StoneBridge’s website boasts of being the ‘sole lead manager for IndoMines’ with a ‘A$6.5 million Placement’.

They are located at:

Adelaide
Suite 5, 148 Greenhill Road
Parkside
ADELAIDE SA 5063
T +61 8 8291 1111

Gold Coast
Level 11, 50 Cavill Avenue
SURFERS PARADISE QLD 4217
T +61 7 5504 2111

Melbourne
Level 13, 8 Exhibition Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
T +61 3 8660 7222

Perth
Level 6, 105 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
T +61 8 6436 3111

Sydney
Level 27, Governor Phillip Tower
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
T +61 2 8336 7700

Finally, firms that either are or were large shareholders of Indomines include:

Merrill Lynch
, Deutsche Bank & Rockcheck.

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Anarchists attack RBS in Bristol (UK)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

24 March 2011

“In the framework of acting around the mass anti-cuts demo of 26th March 2011, we attacked RBS in Bristol during the night of 24th March 2011.

The main RBS building by Bristol Temple Meads was attacked by an anarchist affinity group armed with stones and glass bottles filled with paint, breaking windows and damaging staff vehicles. RBS, which was bailed out by the government, recently paid 780 million pounds in staff bonuses for the last year, plus 7.7million pounds bonus to RBS boss Stephen Hester. The government makes its money back by clawing it from the people at the base through the implementation of austerity measures and increased living costs, people who are already pushed to their limit.

We have acted outside the dimension of the mass demo on 26th March to make the point that, although some of us also attended there with the mass of the people on the streets of London, it is certain that our attack, solidarity and struggle demand of us that we act as well in our everyday lives and not just in the moment of spectacle. If the struggle stays at a certain level (essentially lobbying for the abolition of this or that law, the granting of certain rights, the manipulation of state finance, attending an ‘event’ etc), then the struggle will remain at a grotesque and unsatisfactory citizenism, perfectly in step with capital.

This action is dedicated to all those trapped in debt and struggling against the capitalist system on these islands, and it is also for those resisting corporate onslaughts abroad. We especially refer to those fighting against the Canadian Tar Sands mining project that RBS is funding, and to the peasants and allies fighting in Kulon Progo, Indonesia, against a similar project to extract iron from their coastline sands. The peasants in Kulon Progo specifically requested and appreciate attacks such as the one made against RBS on 24th March. The Indonesian state is not known for its record in human, animal and ecological welfare. Indonesia likes to hide behind the image of pleasurable modern tourism for rich Europeans and their university back-packer sons and daughters armed with gap-year money, mobile phones and laptops, whilst the reality on the ground is very different. British arms companies and banks have helped and continue to facilitate murderous deeds and carnage there.

Finally, we will never forget about the prisoners of the social war in Greece, where a sporadically strong anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian/anarchist struggle has been happening now for years; this is for Simos Seisidis, who has a trial on 30th March 2011. We keep him in our hearts as an unknown friend and to him we extend our hugs; this is also for those prisoners of the Revolutionary Struggle – Nikos, Pola, and Kostas; for all the prisoners of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, those who take responsibility and those who are accused; this is for ALL of the comrades there, and also ALL the dignified prisoners here in the UK who do not bow their heads, outside or inside the walls… In these times if you don’t begin fighting, you are truly lost and deserve the contempt our enemies receive.”

Some Anarchists

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Bank Central Asia attacked with Molotovs (Indonesia)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

25 March 2011

“BANK CENTRAL ASIA ATM ATTACKED WITH FIREBOMBS DURING MIDNIGHT LASTNIGHT.

BRIEF COMMUNIQUE: ONGOING SOCIAL WAR AND SOLIDARITY WITH BIMA, KULON PROGO, AND ALL THE OPPRESSED BY THE STATE AND CAPITALISM.”


INDONESIANINTIFADA.WORDPRESS.COM
– SOCIAL WAR / DISTURBANCE / INSURRECTION – Direct-Action Info Indonesia (more…)

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Attack against multinational corporation in Makassar (Indonesia)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

22 March 2011

Last night some individuals with stones and bricks smashed every window and door of McDonald’s fast-food multinational in Perintis Kemerdekaan Road, Makassar, causing damages on the front of this multinational restaurant. They left a communique that said:

“We are aware of what you multinationals have done to the people of Kulon Progo, Takalar, Bima, and other places. We are angry and we’ll do more!”

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Nottingham supermarket smashed in solidarity with Kulon Progo (UK)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

20 March 2011

“On Sunday night at 1:45am the Tesco’s on Hucknall Road was visited by some individuals. As a result of this visit it’s front door was smashed and ‘every little hurts’ was written on it’s wall. We did this because of hatred for the physical manifestation of capitalism that is Tesco’s.

We also did this as gesture of solidarity with the people of Kulon Progo in Indonesia who fight with beauty, rage and defiance against the capitalist forces which are trying to destroy their land. We know our efforts are slight, but they are sent with love for anyone who struggles against the systems of destruction and domination. (more…)

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700 Special Police Force arrive at Kulon Progo (Indonesia)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The people of Kulon Progo call for your international solidarity as they resist corporate greed and ecological destruction, please spread this information and act. More info + links to follow.

Thursday Morning, 24 February, mining corporation wants to re-open its office and operational sites which already been closed and destroyed by the peasants December last year. Failed.

Monday, 28 February, media noted that Jogja Magasa Iron and some Japanese investors failed to come.

Wednesday, 2 March, 9 cars with heavy arms police guard came to the pilot project for only 10 minutes.

Yesterday Morning, 7 March, 31 Police truck, 700 special police force (called Mobile Brigade), water cannon, detention car, police dogs, tear-gas, and heavy weapons came to the village…

WE NEED IMMEDIATE SOLIDARITY NOW!

Kulon Progo Self-organised Struggle Against Neoliberal Megaproject

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Kulon Progo Self-organised Struggle Against Neoliberal Megaproject (Indonesia)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We call for the strongest possible international solidarity with the fighting peasants of Kulon Progo, Indonesia. They are organising to defend their lives and the environment from the ruthless mining operations of the exploiting capitalists and their state backers, with an absolute rejection of leftism and political wrangling. Let’s internationalise the anti-capitalist resistance!
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Eco-Struggle in Kulon Progo – Solidarity Needed (Indonesia)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

For more background on the community of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and their resistance to the planned Iron Mine on their land see: 325 #7

We hope that comrades from abroad can make a solidarity action for the farmers of Kulon Progo and make a presence to the nearest Indonesian Embassy regarding this case. Our dear comrades of Kulon Progo are in one spirit with us. They are our friends in struggle and daily lives. A recent statement from the Sultan of Yogyakarta dictates that they will continue this megaproject and so the consequences are more repression to come. But for sure, from recent gathering and since the beginning of resistance, the Kulon Progo’s peasants remained determined in their resistance and ready for the next social war. This is just a beginning.

For a video from the news media, see this video

Thousands of Kulon Progo Farmers Resist Corporate Evil, Fighting the Police.

This morning (Monday, 20th October 2009), around 2000 coastal farmers connected to PPLP (Paguyuban Petani Lahan Pantai = Shoreline Farmers’ Association), took to the street in front of the office of the mayor of Kulon Progo, in the town of Wates. Twenty-eight trucks full of farmers, who wanted to convey their wholehearted rejection of the planned project to mine iron sands, arrived to demonstrate at the public consultation event. They were in the mood for action, just as they had already carried out many times before. (more…)

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