Bambang Muryanto writes at the Jakarta Post:
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Hundreds of residents from four villages on the slopes of Mount Merapi in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, have taken it into their own hands to stop illegal sand mining near their homes and demand that Sleman regency take firm action.
They also took a stand by driving out heavy machinery from the sand quarry.
“We demand the heavy machinery be pulled out today,” said rally coordinator Maryono, during an event dubbed “the people’s hearing” at an intersection in Candi hamlet, Purwobinangun, Sleman, on Tuesday.
The protesters — hailing from Girikerto, Wonokerto, Purwobinangun and Hargobinangun villages — included housewives, teenagers and adults and called themselves the Concerned Residents Forum.
They also cut down several trees and used the trunks to block hundreds of sand trucks from leaving Purwobinangun, including those belonging to the Army’s ZENI Engineering Directorate.