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Freeport mine production halted for third day JAKARTA - Production at a mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, remained suspended for a third day as negotiations with protesters staging a blockade pushed on, police said. The stand-off began late Tuesday after security forces attempted to evict small-scale miners who were looking for gold in the waste deposits from the massive Freeport-McMoRan mine in a remote Papua province, claiming they were acting illegally.

Papua police spokesman Kartono Wangsadisastra told Agence France-Presse that around 500 protesters were at the site, which has been blocked to the public. 'Negotiations continue because they met Freeport representatives from Jakarta but not those from the United States,' he said. Kartono said earlier in the week that the protesters were demanding a meeting with the US-based head of the company operating the mine.

'It's hoped that today the road can be opened,' he said, confirming that the mine's operations are still suspended. Freeport officials were not immediately available for comment. Yesterday, around 300 students took to the streets in the provincial capital of Jayapura, demanding that Freeport be closed down, said Obet Rawar, from Papuan rights group Elsham.

He told AFP that the students who demonstrated outside Papua's provincial parliament also demanded justice for numerous rights abuse cases. In Jakarta yesterday, 13 Papuan students were also arrested after allegedly vandalizing the building housing the Freeport office.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has directed his energy minister to coordinate with the security minister to resolve the dispute, fearing a loss of national income if the mine stays shut. The company is one of the top sources of revenue for Indonesia's government.


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Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 February 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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(Edited) Posted @ 20 April 2007 19:18

  • " ...... what is actually happening at the Freeport mine at Tembagapura ... ?

  • The BBC has already this message .....
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4812776.stm



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    (Edited) Posted @ 24 April 2007 17:23

  • " ...... more 'background-info' on this topic ...... "

  • Freeport info on their 'Grasberg-site' at Tembagapura



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