Africa Should Learn from Indonesia

Africa Should Learn from Indonesia

InfoSAWIT, KAMERUN- Just like hundreds of palm oil activist in Cameron, Nasako Besingi has been familiar with intimidation, law, and jail. He led demonstrations to protest US investor who wants to enlarge 73 thousand hectares of palm oil in Cameron. On Sunday (25/9), the police visited his office, sealed his pasport, private documents, phone, and computer, and put him in jail.

The arrest was the peak of the clash between Besingi and the security officers in the duty to run the government: to smooth the US investment in Cameron.

In November 2015, he also claimed a case that the workers of Herakles Farm, the US palm oil company locating in Cameron, hit him. In January 2016, the court sentenced, Heracles Farm won the case and force Besingi to pay fine, 45o poundsterling or one year in jail in the charge of defamation.


The lawyer of Besingi told that the activist would be free in the end of October. “There are prural cases,” he said to The Guardian.


He also mentioned, this is not the first time. The newest is that the people use social media to spread the news that the international world should see and know what happens in here (Cameron).


As quoted , Besingi successfully mobilize the people to protest and reject palm oil enlargement in Congo basin, the second biggest rain forest areas in the world. Some countries have the basin in central of Africa, an Cameron is one of them. The environmental protection is important not only for the living of the local, but also the global who depends on the rain forest  as the lung of the world.


“Nasako did not do crime; he just realized his democratic rights to protest a project that he believed would be a loss for the people, environment, and the local source of living,” Irene Wabiwa Betoko, a Greenpeace forest campaigner, Africa, said. (T3)

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