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East Luwu—Indigenous people in East Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi (Sulsel) are worried. This is because PT Vale Indonesia's concession area continues to expand. Indigenous lands have also begun to be claimed.
"We knew our territory was being invaded by Vale when there were stakes," said Ameria Sinta, a member of the Padoe indigenous community when met at her home, Saturday, August 27, 2022.
The company has never invited indigenous people to meet and communicate. In fact, he said, PT Vale is carrying out mining activities in the Padoe customary territory. For example in Wasuponda, Towuti, Nuha and Malili sub-districts.
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In fact, community land was seized, without any compensation. The residents were also unable to fight back. So, to survive, they keep gardening. Even though one day they will be evicted.
"There are already people who have been warned by (Vale)," said Meri, Ameria's nickname. "So, farmers feel pressured."
Unmitigated, the company has put up a green sign that reads PT Vale. The indigenous people can't do anything about it, even though their territory is being invaded. Moreover, according to Meri, the government also favors mining companies.
"Yes, we are obedient people. Even though the customary land taken by Vale is quite extensive."