28 Oct 2011

Jakarta group calls for nationalisation of US Freeport mine in Papua

8:08 am on 28 October 2011

A group has called on Indonesians to occupy the Freeport office in Jakarta and demand the deportation of foreign workers from the country.

The group, Freeport Nationalisation Movement, has told the Jakarta Globe that the US company Freeport-McMoran has grabbed at Indonesian sovereignty and stolen Indonesian resources.

It also accuses Freeport of hampering local people in Papua from living prosperously.

The group's coordinator, Ida Bagus Arif, says the goal is to nationalise the assets owned by foreigners.

Negotiations to end the strike have been unsuccessful.

Freeport has declined to accommodate the government's wish to review its long term contract, which does not expire until 2041.