Jikalahari, Walhi, Scale Up, FKPMR Pekanbaru, Indonesia – Walhi Riau, Scale Up, JIKALAHARI, Greenpeace and Forum Komunikasi Pemuka Masyarakat Riau (FKPMR/Riau Community Leaders Forum) paid condolences and strongly denounced the violent incident claiming one casualty and another one was hospitalized with heavy wounded in Kenegerian Pucuk Rantau village, Kuantan Singingi district, Riau province on Tuesday.
The violence claimed Yuniar (35), a mother and single parent of four children, was shot to death and another farmer was critically injured as well as dozens of residents questioned by Police of Kuantan Singingi.
On Tuesday noon (8/6/2010), hundreds of scheme smallholders of palm oil plantations as well as members of KUD Prima Sehati cooperative went to the streets to fight their rights that taken over by PT Tri Bakti Sarimas (TBS), a palm oil plantation company which accused broke promises for land of scheme smallholders. The protest broke out a bloody clash involving Riau Police’s Mobile Brigade against palm oil smallholders causing a female smallholder shot to death.
“This is bloody incident and has caused death tolls for several times in Riau land when communities demand their rights squeezed by palm oil or pulpwood plantations companies. Agrarian conflict in Kenegerian Pucuk Rantau must be thoroughly probed by investigating all parties allegedly involved, particularly the police side who ordered gun shooting,” said Hariansyah Usman, Director of Indonesian Environment Forum of Riau Office (WALHI Riau).
Hariansyah added that security approach using violence that conducted by the police has ever taken place on 5 May 2010
<http://www.zamrudtv.com/berita/riau-news/item/349-warga-kenegarian-pucuk-rantau-bentrok-dengan-polisi.html> in the similar case when smallholders staged rallies and police opened fires which caused a female smallholders was trampled down.
Zulfahmi, forest campaigner of Greenpeace South East Asia, urged the international consumers not to use palm oil from companies committing human rights abuses. “We also demand the Government of Indonesia to demonstrate and ensure logging moratorium takes place in forest destruction sites as declared by Presiden Yudhoyono recently, because it’s not only to preserve our remaining forest and climate, but also to ascertain the safety and livelihood sources of local community who live surrounding the company’s concession today,” added Zulfahmi.
PT TBS is member of the Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).