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Suddung Simamora, Aek Lung, Indonesia

“One day Toba Pulp Lestari’s (TPL) management came as we were working on our farm and yelled at us, saying that we could not farm here and that the land is not ours. I replied that we are working in our ancestors’ land, not the company land. TPL threatened us and said, if you still farm here I will report you to the police and put you in jail. So I replied, we will see who is right. God knows who is the rightful land owner.”


Mr. Simamora was arrested on false charges under the direction of pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL). The community responded with an emergency rally at the local police station. TPL has used intimidation and criminalization tactics against communities, including threats from armed police and military, killing crops, burning down farming huts, and arresting farmers.

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