SOROWAKO - Several hundred villagers have blocked a main road leading to the nickel mine operated by PT International Nickel Indonesia (PT Inco) on the island of Sulawesi. The company says that operations at the mine continue at normal level despite the protests.
Villagers blocked the roads because the company announced that it would cut some 100 jobs because of rising costs and the impact of the global economic crisis. Many of the families in the village have someone working at the mine. The road blocked runs from an employees housing complex to the mine. Some employees were forced to walk to their work because cars could not be used.