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Tukijo, Farmer and Activist Who Was Jailed for 2.5 Years in Jogjakarta is Free (Indonesia)

Posted on the 03 October 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

tukijo-posterTukijo is a farmer and activist from Kulon Progo, Jogjakarta, Indonesia. He was kidnapped by the state and jailed for 2 years and 6 months, after the bloom of resistence against the mega-mining project from Australian company backed up by the provincial government and police. Tukijo [was] accused as [the] kidnapper of two officers from the mining company and provocateur for disturbing social peace. He faced fake trials with fake witnesses in the court. He was [an] active member of the local struggle and became one [of] the leading figures in Kulon Progo at the time.

While in prison, Tukijo received many solidarity actions. Some early direct actions from Indonesia…mentioned his name in solidarity. Included the action from Long Live Luciano Tortuga Cell – FAI Indonesia, [which ended] with arrests by police against comrades Billy and Eat. Tukijo spent his time in the prison with dignity and never [stepped] back from his struggle to [defend] his land and community from the mega-mining project. Later, while Tukijo [was] still in the prison, some of his comrades who stay outside [started] connecting all the local struggle points which [has] lead to the establishment of the farmer association named: Forum Komunikasi Masyarakat Agraris (Forum for Communication between Agrarian Communities). Statement of the Second Autonomous Peasant Farmer’s Congress, 10th February 2012 – Forum for Communication between Agrarian Communities – here.

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