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Greenpeace and Sinar Mas

Updated On: Mar 30, 2009

According to a press release issued by Greenpeace, security personnel from Sinar Mas Corporation, the largest logging and palm oil company in Indonesia which owns 20,000 hectares of rainforest, brutally kicked and punched peaceful protestors in Jakarta on 19 March 2009.

Greenpeace is criticizing the company for excessive violence in handling the protestors.

Greenpeace is also critical of the plan by the corporation to acquire a further 1.1 million hectares in Papua New Guinea.

The group has earmarked a $100 million palm expansion this year and is not planning to pull back the plan. The current financial crisis may slow down the expansion but would not stop the firm from planting in new areas.

In that incident, Greenpeace activists had chained themselves to the entrance of Sinar Mas headquarters and hung a banner labeling the corporation a 'Forest and Climate Criminal'.

The ultimate agenda of Greenpeace is to call on the Indonesian government to put a moratorium on all forest conversion. Greenpeace cites deforestation as the key source greenhouse gas emissions in the Southeast Asian country.

Sinar Mas denied accusations that its activities were damaging the environment and said it would stick to plans to expand its plantations.

The company explained that it only opened up new plantations in degraded land that had been farmed on or previously logged and not rainforest.

Sources:

Bhui, Aloysius, "Indonesia's Sinar Mas defends palm oil expansion" dated 20 Mar 2009 in the Reuters alertnet website [downloaded on 29 March 2009], available at http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/JAK429905.htm

Hance, Jeremy, "Greenpeace accuses Sinar Mas corporation of violence toward its protestors" dated 26 March 2009 in mongabay.com website [downloaded on 29 March 2009], available at http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0325-hance_sinarmas.html







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