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'Green clearances' in Indonesia as islanders face eviction

Posted by: The Conversation Global highlights

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2023

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A small fishing community is facing eviction under plans to transform Indonesia’s Rempang Island into a solar panel “ecocity”. Around 7,500 islanders are fighting to keep their homes as the government plans to uproot them to make way for a multi-billion dollar Chinese-backed manufacturing hub.

Nikita Sud, of the University of Oxford, has visited the island and, in our latest Insights long read, reports on the violent backlash from state forces as protestors took to the streets. She believes Rempang is just the latest “sacrificial zone” in the international quest for green energy which is reliant on developing countries. “The transition to green energy, far from creating a green new deal for all,” she writes, “is actually reinforcing entrenched inequalities and hierarchies.”

Meanwhile, our extensive coverage of events in the Middle East continues here. And read about how vaccine research in Brazil hopes to help people with addictions to cocaine and crack, including pregnant women and their offspring.

Paul Keaveny

Investigations Editor, Manchester, UK

People shout slogans during a protest in Jakarta against plans to evict 7,500 residents from Rempang island to make way for a Chinese-owned glass factory as part of an ‘Ecocity’ development. EPA-EFE/MAST IRHAM

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