Tonight (Saturday 21/3) The Kamoro people will hold a Sasi ritual to oppose the Freeport smelter


Timika, Jubi/AwasMifee – The leadership council of the Kamoro indigenous consultative organisation (LEMASKO), together with the Kamoro people from ten villages along the Mimika coast, are planning to conduct a Sasi ritual. This means a prohibition on taking certain plants for a defined length of time, and is so the local people can really conserve their forest.

Simson Saul Materaki conveyed this news and explained that the Sasi process would involve several rituals.

“We will also go to the Mimika Regency Government Offices, starting from the smelter building site in Paomako,” Simson Saul Materaki said to in Timika on Friday night (20/3), 23.45 Papua time.

Meanwhile acting chair of the LEMASKO leadership council Dominikus Mitoro made it clear that LEMASKO was fighting to protect the basic rights of indigenous people from Nake Village to Warifi village (Etna Bay).

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