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Residents around Soekarno-Hatta airport renew protests over land compensation

Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – Local residents of Rawa Rengas village in Tangerang have returned to the streets to demand compensation from airport authorities for their land, which will be replaced by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's third runway.

"Our demands are the same," demonstration coordinator Wawan Setiawan told tempo.co. "[The authorities should] provide compensation for our buildings and land."

The protest comes a week after residents began blocking off a major airport road and flew kites at the airport to protest the runway construction project.

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II has plans to extend the runway onto land where 715 people live.

A notification letter sent by the Tangerang District Court ordered the residents to vacate their homes by July 8. The compensation amount was decided on in 2016 but had not been paid, local residents claimed.

According to AP II, the money transfer process was made complicated by the fact that the land was being disputed among the residents.

Since June 24, residents have blocked off Jl. Perimeter Utara, the main road north of the airport. Protesters have also burned tires and tree trunks and flown kites. They stated that they were ready to resist the eviction, set to occur between July 1 and 8. (eyc)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/07/01/residents-around-soekarno-hatta-airport-renew-protests-over-land-compensation.html