On 12 November, 50 Greenpeace activists demonstrated at a tract of forest in Riau, Sumatera, that was recently cleared by the huge paper and pulp manufacturer PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper, a subsidiary of the Asia Pacific Resources International Holding. Some chained themselves to excavators owned by the company.
Those activists protested the destruction of forest & peatland in Riau, which has been estimated to contain around 2 gigatons of greenhouse gases.
As a consequence, 11 foreign activists and jurnalists who covered the event were deported and 21 Indonesians were charged by the Police for tresspassing and for conducting illegal demonstration.
In spite of the above incident, last Saturday around 150 Greenpeace activists demonstrated in Jakarta to support the plan of President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) to cut greenhouse emissions from forest and peatland clearing by 26 percent by 2020 as he has promised to the international community.
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I hope that the above support from Greenpeace will strengthen the President's determination to cut Carbon Emission in Indonesia.