Smallholder reportedly shot dead while defending rights against palm oil plantation company in Indonesia

Smallholder reportedly shot dead while defending rights against palm oil plantation company in Indonesia

It has been reported that a bloody clash occurred between Riau Police Mobile Brigade and hundreds of palm oil plantation smallholders and members of KUD Prima Sehati cooperative on 8 June, 2010. The smallholders were requesting recognition of their rights from PT Tri Bakti Sarimas (TBS), a palm oil plantation company and member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is accused of breaking promises it made to smallholders. A female smallholder was shot dead and others were injured. A coalition of NGOs grouped as Solidarity for Riau Farmers protested outside National Police Headquarters in Jakarta 10 June, 2010, demanding the police are brought to justice over the killing and violence.