Save Seko

News and commentary about the Save Seko campaign

Save Seko: Aksi Solidaritas Peduli Seko

Seko is getting the attention. Support for the community in Seko who refused the development of PLTA in its customary land continues to flow. Although until now the North Luwu regency government still insists that investment development will continue to operate.#SaveSeko

Posted by If Not Us Then Who on Thursday, July 13, 2017
Save Seko: Perjuangan Perempuan Adat Seko

When men have been in prison and are on the police wanted lists, more than 400 women in Seko are fighting to defend their customary land and refuse activity at one of PT Seko Power Prima's drilling survey points. They remain vigorously voiced their rejection of the construction of hydroelectric power plants despite intimidation and even violence from police officers. Out loud they shouted, "We Still Refuse, This Land is Not Negotiable."#SaveSeko

Posted by If Not Us Then Who on Monday, July 10, 2017
Save Seko: Wilayah Adat

Hamparan lahan persawahan bahkan hasil bumi yang melimpah di Sae adalah bagian dari masyarakat adat Ambalong. Tanah warisan leluhur yang telah memberikan sumber penghidupan secara turun temurun. Mereka sudah berusaha dan sudah membantu pemerintah agar tidak menerima raskin. Tapi saat ini pemerintah sendiri yang akan memiskinkan dan menyengsarakan masyarakat Seko dengan rencana masuknya investasi PLTA yang akan menghilangkan lumbung-lumbung pangan

Posted by If Not Us Then Who on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#SaveSeko: An Introduction

Putting the campaign in context:

During the DI/TII rebellion (one intending to turn the republic into an Islamic state), a war between the Kahar Muzakar’s troops and the Indonesian Army broke out in Sae – the Ambalong customary territory. All the rice paddies were abandoned as the community fled the area. After the war ended and DI/TII was disbanded, they returned in late 1990s and opened up the land again as they ran out of rice.

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#SaveSeko Chapter One: The Never Give Up Seko

Our trip to Seko this time was to document how the community of Central Seko has been struggling in the last three years to defend their customary territories against a hydroelectric power plant project. The government’s response to the protest was quite bitter; 14 community members have been arrested.

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#SaveSeko Chapter Two: The Green Valley of Sae The Ancestral Inheritance

The Seko have tried to help the government save the money allocated for cheap rice for the Seko but it was the government itself that would impoverish and inflict suffering to the Seko through the plan to wipe up their rice barns. “With the loss of our rice barn, my community will definitely get poor.” said R. Kondo Lada’.

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#SaveSeko Chapter Three: Seko Women’s Struggle

More than 400 women occupied Puriliang, one of PT Seko Power Prima’s geological survey sites in Pokapaang. In turn, they spent the night there preventing the workers from using the drilling equipment. The women had to take over the activity, previously done by their men, as the men protesting the activity were imprisoned. “We put up tents and slept for days here, in the drilling site. We all speak with one voice,” said Hasmin Tarundu (45) from Malino Hamlet, Tanamakaleang Village.

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#SaveSeko Chapter 4: The New Customary Institution Being Denied

The arrest of fourteen members of the Seko was purely associated with political interests. The fourteen, with thousands of other Seko members, had from the beginning rejected the company’s operation. If they had not been arrested, the opposition would have remained strong.

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