A vivid account of the battle for land in Indonesia has been published by Wildcat, the German communist group, here. It’s well worth reading. The Wildcat activists describe “two front lines” in the struggle for land. First, peasants are fighting for the return of land grabbed under the Suharto dictatorship and handed over to state plantations. Second, they are battling private corporations that grab land, often for palm oil production or for mining – a process that takes a heavy toll on Indonesia’s forests, as well as on those who live on the land.
Peasants who don’t sell up to the corporations, for fear of becoming dependent, face conflict. Read the rest of this entry »