Dozens taken in by police in West Papua amid mine dispute

Dozens taken in by police in West Papua amid mine dispute

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West Papuans have long expressed frustration about the environmental destruction caused by the Freeport mine operations in Mimika regency.

West Papuans have long expressed frustration about the environmental destruction caused by the Freeport mine operations in Mimika regency. Photo: MIneral Policy Institute

Police in Papua have taken nearly a hundred people in for questioning amid accusations they had taken tailings from a mining site in Mimika.

The Jakarta Post reports 21 people were still being questioned and are alleged to have trespassed onto the mine owned by US-based gold and copper mining company Freeport Indonesia.

The paper reports the incident began when about 400 local residents tried to enter on Thursday morning, but they were blocked by around 120 security personnel.

The police say residents tried to burn security posts and damaged several vehicles belonging to the company.

The police said the invasion seemed to have been triggered by residents’ suspicions that the company had shut down its operations because in the past month, it had not channeled tailings into a river near the mining site.

Traditional miners have been used to taking the waste to find gold left over in it.

The police told the paper the waste was not being channeled into the river because waste chanelling equipment had been damaged.

 Papua Barat telah lama menyatakan frustrasi tentang kerusakan lingkungan yang disebabkan oleh operasi pertambangan Freeport di Kabupaten Mimika.

Papua Barat telah lama menyatakan frustrasi tentang kerusakan lingkungan yang disebabkan oleh operasi pertambangan Freeport di Kabupaten Mimika. Foto: Mineral Policy Institute

Polisi di Papua telah mengambil hampir seratus orang untuk diinterogasi di tengah tuduhan mereka telah mengambil tailing dari tambang di Mimika.

The Jakarta Post melaporkan 21 orang masih dipertanyakan dan diduga telah setia ke tambang milik berbasis di AS tambang emas dan tembaga perusahaan Freeport Indonesia.

Laporan kertas kejadian bermula saat sekitar 400 warga setempat berusaha untuk masuk pada Kamis pagi, tapi mereka diblokir oleh sekitar 120 personel keamanan.

Polisi mengatakan warga mencoba untuk membakar pos keamanan dan merusak beberapa kendaraan milik perusahaan.

Polisi mengatakan invasi tampaknya telah dipicu oleh kecurigaan warga bahwa perusahaan telah menutup operasinya karena dalam satu bulan terakhir, itu tidak disalurkan tailing ke sungai di dekat lokasi tambang.

penambang tradisional telah digunakan untuk mengambil sampah untuk menemukan emas yang tersisa di dalamnya.

Polisi mengatakan kepada koran limbah tersebut tidak disalurkan ke sungai karena limbah peralatan channeling telah rusak.

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