Indonesia to deport Greenpeace protesters
BANGKOK POST / 27 พฤศจิกายน 2552
JAKARTA:Indonesia plans to deport seven Greenpeace activists involved in a protest against deforestation, the group said yesterday.
The seven were among a group of 14 activists detained on Wednesday after some of them chained themselves to a crane at port facilities used by Asia Pulp and Paper, in Riau province on Sumatra island. Rampant deforestation has made Indonesia the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, according to some estimates. Greenpeace Southeast Asia forest campaigner Bustar Maitar said Indonesian authorities had no basis for expelling the activists, who are from Belgium, Germany, the Philippines and the United States, because they had valid business visas.
"We can't accept them saying that we violated the visas. They should know that Greenpeace's core business is campaigning," said Mr Maitar.
Another five foreign activists had been sent to the capital Jakarta but would not be deported, he added. Indonesia deported 13 Greenpeace activists and two foreign journalists earlier this month after a similar protest in Riau.
Greenpeace is calling on President Susilo Yudhoyono to take action on Indonesian deforestation in the run-up to global climate change talks in Copenhagen next month.AFP
A group of activists hang a banner with a message "Climate Crime" from the top of a loading crane at the port of a major pulp mill facility in Indonesia's Riau province on Wednesday while company security personnel watch.AFP