Thursday, 6 April 2017

My new article published on The Ecologist website highlights a rural community's resistance to eviction for a major aerotropolis in Indonesia: Villagers resist eviction for 50 sq.km airport city on their land. Over a period of twelve years, ten villages and a vast area of farmland have been wiped from the map for construction of Kertajati Airport in West Java. But Sukamulya village remains. Residents have successfully blocked numerous attempts by officials to measure land for the airport. Tensions came to a head on 17th November 2016 as villagers gathered yet again to defend their land, and were met with 2,000 police. Teargas was fired and 12 protesters were injured.

Sukamulya villagers' resistance to eviction from their homes and productive agricultural land is recognized as one of Indonesia's key land rights struggles. The article includes a recent video of construction the airport amidst the farmland, and a video capturing just over a minute's coverage of the teargassing by police. The video below shows villagers gathered in the paddy fields, outnumbered by police, with the sound of teargas being fired and plumes of smoke rising in the background.

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