Felling Bananas Trees in Pertumbukan
Land of the Rakyat Penunggu customary community in the Langkat Regency of North Sumatra was taken over for the sugar self-sufficiency project carried out by Perkebunan Nusantara II. Residents were intimidated and promised lands and employment in order to go along with the plan.
GUNSHOTS could be heard several times in Durian Selemak hamlet, Wampu subdistrict, Langkat Regency, North Sumatra, on September 28. Shots were fired into the air when officials from Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) II used a bulldozer to decimate the planting fields and over a dozen homes of people of the Rakyat Penunggu customary community. Locals who initially obstructed the advance of the heavy machinery scattered once they heard the gunshots.