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Fighting Sangihe Mining Company Through Documentary Film

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Various methods and models of struggle were carried out by the people of Sangihe Islands Regency, North Sulawesi, to fight gold mining companies.

Not only taking action against demonstrations, lawsuits to courts, signing petitions, but also other creative ways continue to be carried out. As initiated by Audro Chrustofel and his friends from Sangihe Documentery Film (SDF) through the film Sangihe Not For Sale.

Previously, Audro Cs wanted to launch the film offline at Sangihe on Sunday, August 15, 2021 night. However, the Sangihe Resort Police did not allow it on the grounds of the Implementation of Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM).

So that a number of institutions such as the Love for Peace Movement of North Sulawesi (GCDS), AJI Manado, Save Sangihe Island (SSI), Minaesa Voice of Nurani Foundation (YSNM), Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists (SIEJ) and the Indonesian Cyber ​​Media Association (AMSI) North Sulawesi, initiated this initiative. -launching and watching the film together on the 76th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia at the AMSI Secretariat of North Sulawesi, Jalan Elang Raya 3, East Malalayang 1, Manado.

“This film has a duration of more than 1 hour, taking pictures via cellphone only. This is the third documentary film made by Sangihe Documentery Film,” Audro said in a discussion before the film screening which was attended by a number of residents virtually.

He said, the film Sangihe Not For Sale captures the current condition of the Sangihe community against the gold mining company PT Tambang Mas Sangihe (TMS).

“I wake up my friends, don’t sleep for long but wake up quickly because our area will be damaged by mining companies. The name of a mining company will definitely damage the life of the community and give birth to various other negative things,” said the man who graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) this Yogyakarta.

Jull Takaliuang from Save Sangihe Island (SSI), appreciated the spirit of Audro Cs who made the film.

“Our struggle requires a lot of energy and creative ways to fight mining companies that have big money. Salute to Sangihe Documentery Film, who fought hard to produce this film,” said this North Sulawesi woman activist.

He said, later this film will be an educational medium when it comes to meeting people in the villages. “We will continue to fight together so that even an inch of our land is not taken by mining companies that are detrimental to our own community,” he added.

The chairman of AMSI North Sulawesi, Agust Hari, as the host of the launching and noreng film hopes that the media will provide a portion of the coverage for mining cases, including in Sangihe.

“I think the launching and shooting of the film at the AMSI Secretariat of North Sulawesi gives the spirit that the media is involved in reporting the mining case in Sangihe. This secretariat is not only a place for media and journalists to gather for training and discussion, but also provides space for oppressed people to express themselves,” he said. Agust was accompanied by the Secretary of AMSI North Sulawesi, Supardi Bado.

42 Thousand Hectare Will Be Mined

For your information, the Sangihe Islands Regency is located at the northern tip of Indonesia, bordering the Philippines. Or about 8 hours by boat from Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi. This area has the potential of abundant natural wealth, one of which is fisheries. Then endemic birds and various agricultural products such as nutmeg and cloves.

Since this case was rolled out, the community then sued the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) to the Jakarta Administrative Court for issuing permits covering an area of ​​42,000 hectares of community land to be mined in seven sub-districts and 80 villages which are community living spaces with culture and customs, kinship, customs, historical values, origins, ancestral graves and family graves. Also religious values, houses of worship, schools and livelihood spaces.

Residents filed a lawsuit against the decision of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources which was issued on January 29, 2021 regarding the approval to increase the stage of production operation activities for PT Tambang Mas Sangihe’s contract of work. The lawsuit was submitted to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN), at the end of last June.

This is because the mining permit process on Sangihe Island is suspected to have violated several laws and regulations in Indonesia. Residents were surprised because they never knew about the Amdal permit process. Residents rejected mining and chose to continue farming cloves, bananas, coconuts and other crops. For the residents, the produce from farming and gardens is sufficient for their children’s needs and even the school fees for their children.

Moreover, Sangihe Island is a prone and vulnerable area to natural disasters. There is a volcano in the middle of Sangihe Island, namely Mount Awu. Sangihe Island is also flanked by two underwater volcanoes, namely Kawio in the waters north of Sangihe, and Banua Wuku Mahangetang in the south of Sangihe.

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