Indonesia’s leading mining advocacy organisation, JATAM, has deplored police violence used on protestors who demonstrated against an Australian iron ore project last month.
Claiming this to be just one example of the government “putting foreign investor interests above those of the local communities”, JATAM also criticises Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment for making “green” awards to specific mining companies.
JATAM says that official approval of operations by US gold miner, Newmont, and the world’s biggest private copper producer, Freeport-Rio Tinto, shows the Ministry has now become a “mere guardian for environmental criminals.”