Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crackdown on Orang Asli blockade, activists arrested

 Zulaikha Zulkifli & Alyaa Alhadjri     Published     Updated

Police have arrested more than a dozen Orang Asli activists in their crackdown on the community's anti-logging blockade in the interiors of Gua Musang, Kelantan.

Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan representative Jamali Ayau said those arrested have been taken to a school near Pos Petei.

When contacted, Gua Musang police confirmed the crackdown but could not say the total number arrested.
Lawyer Siti Kasim, who represents some of the blockade activists, said 18 have been arrested so far.
"I am very upset and angry. All of us must rise against this treatment towards our indigenous people!

"They are doing us a favour in protecting our forest!" Siti said on Facebook.

The blockade at Balah Forest Reserve was erected in October to stop logging, which the Orang Asli community said has affected their water source.

Orang Asli villagers from Pos Balah, Gua Musang, said they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their blockade at Balah Forest Reserve.

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