Activists clash with Indonesian loggers

Activists clash with Indonesian loggers

Radio Australia Thu

Activists from the conservation group Greenpeace have clashed with security guards outside the headquarters of Indonesia's biggest logging and palm oil company, the Sinar Mas Group.

Activists say they were punched and kicked as they tried to protest against alleged illegal land-clearing in Indonesia's Papua region and on Borneo.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest campaigner Bustar Maitar says there's evidence showing Sinar Mas has cleared peatland and forests near the Papuan town of Lereh and in Lake Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan.

The president of Sina Mas, Daud Darsono confirmed the clash, saying security has responsibility for the building not the company.

He says the company is not responsible for deforestation because it's a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.