Indigenous people in Borneo face logging showdown

Posted: 21 June 2008

A month-long blockade of logging roads by indigenous people in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia in o protest over illegal logging on their communal lands is about to be broken up by police, the Environment News Agency reports.

More than 100 Kenyah people gathered at the blockade site on the upper Moh River on the island of Borneo claim that the blockade is their only way of calling on representatives of the Samling Timber Company and government authorities to meet them to explain their problems and demands.

Otherwise, they say, the Samling Timber Company will continue to ignore their demands and plights.

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