Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Police stops Greenpeace action in Dumai waters

11/12/08 09:36

Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) - Police on Tuesday stopped Greenpeace which had been intercepting crude palm oil (CPO) shipments in the Dumai port waters in Sumatra in the last two days.

Along with the port administration personnel the police aboard rubber boats stopped the Greenpeace action at around 2 pm. They had also ordered a Greenpeace activist who, in protest of the CPO shipments, tied himself with the chain of an anchor of the Gran Couva tanker that carried the CPO belonging to Wilmar Group bound for Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to get off the ship.

Two Greenpeace activists, namely Bustar Maitar from Forest Campaigner Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Adon, the activist who tied himself on the anchor chain, had been questioned by the police, but not detained.

The police had also ordered an MV Esperanza Greenpeace vessel to leave Dumai port as the berthing period of the Dutch vessel in Dumai port had expired.

The Greenpeace activists also marked the side of the tanker as well as a tug boat full of logs with words reading "Forest Crime" at the Dumai port on Monday.

Bustar Maitar said Greenpeace believed that expansion of oil palm plantations to natural forests in Indonesia had been the factor behind the increasing deforestation and peat moss destruction.

"Ironically companies like Wilmar and Sinar Mas are members of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Supply). So long as no public statement has been made by the RSPO that supports a moratorium on the deforestation eco-friendly oilpalm plantations are a myth," he said.

He said the Esperanza would stay in Dumai waters to monitor forest conditions in Riau. (*)



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