The city administration of Jakarta is moving against Greenpeace Indonesia as it plans to evict staff from their national headquarters in Kemang, South Jakarta. After Greenpeace campaign against paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR), a notorious gang, organized a rally in front of the Greenepace office, and this was token as excuse by the municipality to evict Greenpeace.
“Office activities in a residential area can create a disturbance, such as when the FBR staged a rally in front of the [Greenpeace] office, which gave rise to security problems in the neighborhood. It would be better if Greenpeace moves to an area that is specifically designed for business or office buildings,” said the head of the South Jakarta Spatial Planning Agency, Gamal Sinurat.
Earlier, the head of Bangka subdistrict also instructed heads of local neighborhoods in the area to keep an eye on Greenpeace activities.Â But many Indonesian civil society organizations, such as the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation and WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia have given support to Greenpeace.
“After we launched our global campaign against the worldâ€™s most notorious rainforest destroyer, APP, weÂ experienced concerted attacks. This time, they are bigger, and look much more organized – writes Greenpeace in its blog – Weâ€™re a campaigning organization. We expect these negative attacks, and we know that they will always be a risk. As long as we keep campaigning to end rainforests destruction, these attacks will keep happening.”
Earlier this month, Greenpeace UK’s executive director John Sauven was denied entry to Indonesia at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in spite of Sauven holding a visa issued by the Indonesian Embassy in London. An immigration spokesman said the measure had been taken to run the “organization’s intelligence function”.