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Indonesia's poor demand nationalisation mining industry

PAPERNAS holds pre-May Day mass action in Jakarta

About 1000 workers, students and urban poor held a pre-May Day demonstration outside GKBI Towers in Jakarta, a flashy skyscraper that has the Indonesian headquarters of companies like Exxon-Mobil, ANZ Bank, Cable & Wireless, Credit Lyonnais Capital, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical,
France Telecom, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, OCBC Bank and the Swiss Bank.

The rally echoed PAPERNAS' demand that all foreign owned mining and oil companies be nationalised and their profits redirected to resolving the crisis facing most Indonesians amidst rising fuel and food prices. Actions around this demand, have been taking place all around Indonesia over the last few months. Dominggus Oktavianus, the general secretary of
the National Front of Workers' Struggle (FNPBI) has said Indonesia should follow the example of socialist Venezuela in nationalising its oil industry to feed, educate and house the poor.

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