Protests at PT TEL pulp plant [Indonesia]

Author: Down to Earth Newsletter, Published on: 1 February 2000

Community anger is being directed at the newly completed plant in South Sumatra - The US$1 billion development is financed largely by Japanese, European and North American companies and banks. Equipment and technical services have been provided by Scandinavian, German and Canadian companies backed by Export Credit Agreements. This is yet another example of how the interests of foreign investors and export revenues are being put before the health and sustainable livelihoods of local communities in the name of 'economic development'. Tension between local communities and the management of the Tanjung Enim Lestari (PT TEL) paper pulp plant erupted into violence in mid-December...The estimated 30,000 people living in neighbouring communities have no idea about the potential environmental impacts of the pulp plant.

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