Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - Hundreds of people from Solidaritas Peduli Bangsa (Nation Care Solidarity) took to the street at the Timika Indah Traffic Roundabout, Tuesday, voicing their opposition to Freeport Indonesia and affirming their support to the government.
The people thronged the street around the roundabout since around 9 a.m. local time and brought along an Indonesian flag and pamphlets bearing messages in support of the government.
Tanzil Azharie, the coordinator of the movement, stated that the peaceful demonstration was held as a mark of support to the government for its efforts in handling the complex situation involving Freeport Indonesia and the local government.
The demonstrators also voiced eight points of action regarding the issue, including urging Freeport Indonesia to abide by the rules in Indonesia, especially Law Number 4 of 2009 and Government Regulation Number 1 of 2017 that necessitates the company to change its status into a Special Mining Permit and divesting as much as 51 percent of its shares.
The masses also urged Freeport to build a smelter and pay water tax worth Rp3.5 trillion to the Papua government.
Another demand made was that Freeport should give greater attention to the seven tribes in the Mimika Sub-district where the mine is located. Freeport should also take responsibility of the generated waste that has lead to environmental damage.
They also demanded that Freeport should be held accountable for its selfish acts when it fired its employees without giving prior notice.
The masses took to the street for around two hours until around 11 a.m. local time. The activity proceeded peacefully, with around 20 police personnel guarding the masses.(*)
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Freeport Indonesia executive director Celementino Lamury and executive vice president Tony Wenas visited the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
The two high-ranking officers were scheduled to meet Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and deputy minister Arcandra Tahar.
"I'll give a comment after the meeting. I can't talk yet," Tony told journalist at the Ministry' s office in Jakarta on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Earlier, it was confirmed that the US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Indonesia to discuss various topics, including Freeport.
"There are two topics to be discussed, namely terrorism and Freeport," Hikmahanto Juwana, international law professor at the University of Indonesia, said in a press release in Jakarta on Monday, March 13, 2017. Hikmahanto suggested that the government should tell Pence that Indonesia had provided Freeport with options.
"The government is not oppressing Freeport," Hikmahanto added.
Among the options are letting Freeport to stick with the Contract of Works (CoW), with a condition that the company must purify its minerals in Indonesia; or shifting to a special mining permit and continue exporting minerals.
Hikmahanto added that the United States should not pressure the Indonesian government for practicing democracy. Hikmahanto argued that Indonesia must consider aspirations voiced by its people. Therefore, Freeport should not challenge Indonesia’s sovereignty and force the country to submit to the pressure from the US government.