Astra Agro Lestari Criminalized Smallholders in Village of Polanto Jaya

Astra Agro Lestari Criminalized Smallholders in Village of Polanto Jaya

InfoSAWIT, SULBARAbout 50 villagers of Polanto Jaya on Thursday(14/12) did solidarity in front of Court of Pasang Kayu, District ofNorth Mamuju, West Sulawesi.

They did it for 4 smallholders of Village of Polanto Jaya are arrested on the charge, to steal the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) belonging to PT. Mamuang, the subsidiary of PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk.  As long as the village was made, the villagers of Polanto Jaya officially have the rights on their land. it is proven by the legal land certificates, SKPT, and others that PT Mamuan now cultivates about 42 hectares.

Istiwati, the wife of Soeparto(one defendant), in the action read the letter she herself wrote and it was aimed to President Joko Widodo. She was angry to the country for ignoring them as regular people. “If the local government could not solve this issue, not release our husband from the problem, we do hope, the President know this issue. Whom do we ask for help?” she said, as quoted from

The villagers coming by bringing bannder written “Bebaskan 4 petani Polanto Jaya yang dikriminalisasi- Kembalikan Tanah Rakyat yang dirampas ASTRA!” kept supporting the four smallholders.

In the oration, the coordinator of the action, Abdi Lasita also told that the country should notice as the representation of the people. The country should not bow to the modal owners. “The  judge should be fair for the smallholders have no guilty,” he said. (T2)

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