A farmer from Kendeng, Central Java during the protest in front of Presidential Palace, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/09) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

National Farmer's Day Sees Protest Against Cement Producer

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Dozens of farmers from the Kendeng Mountains in Central Java staged a protest in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday (24/09) against a decision by the province's governor, Ganjar Pranowo, to issue a permit to state-owned cement producer Semen Indonesia.

The protest coincided with National Farmer's Day, commemorated on Sept. 24 every year – the date on which Sukarno, Indonesia's first president, promulgated the Agrarian Law.

The farmers claim that limestone mining operations in the Kendeng Mountains are damaging the environment and reducing their cultivation areas, thus threatening their economic survival.

Some protestors also demanded that the government implement fair agrarian reform to guarantee their rights and ensure that there will be enough land for cultivation.

A farmer participating in the protest in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A group of activists supporting the protest by farmers from Central Java. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Farmers carrying Indonesian national flags and sheaves of rice during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A group of activists carry posters with various demands, some calling on the government to salvage the nation's precious resources, such as land, from abuse by large corporations. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Women perform a traditional dance accompanied by Gamelan music. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Police officers keep an eye on the group while they protest front of the State Palace. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)