People coalition rejects gold mining activity on Romang Island

Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) - Scores of students belonging to the Romang People`s Coalition (KKPR) staged a protest rally on Friday at the Maluku Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) building against gold mining activity on Romang Island in Southwest Maluku (MBD) district.

"Some time ago we came to the legislative building here to protest against the arrest of 417 people from Romang who rejected the gold mining activity and now we have come here again to renew our protests," KKPR field coordinator Sammy Pattipeilohy said.

He added that the first time the students came to the legislative building some time ago, they were received by DPRD Commission B chairman Melky Frans and this time by Commission A chairman Richard Rahakbauw and Commission B deputy chairman Edwin Huwae.

According to Pattipeilohy, the students and the people of Romang Island are protesting against the mining activity by PT Gemala Borneo Utama (GBU) because it has caused extensive environmental damage and water pollution.