Two workers killed after clashes at Indonesian nickel smelter - Al Jazeera English

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Police accidental an Indonesian and Chinese idiosyncratic died pursuing a labour protestation astatine a smelter connected Sulawesi island.

Published On 16 Jan 2023

Two radical were killed erstwhile workers clashed astatine a nickel smelting installation operated by a portion of China’s Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry Ltd successful Indonesia’s Sulawesi land astatine the weekend, according to police.

An Indonesian and a Chinese idiosyncratic died aft a clash broke retired pursuing a protestation staged by a labour radical astatine PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry (GNI) smelter, Central Sulawesi constabulary spokesperson Didik Supranoto said connected Monday.

Local media reported the protesters had demanded amended information conditions and pay.

Several institution vehicles were torched, and astir 100 rooms astatine workers’ dormitories were damaged, Didik said, adding that 71 radical had been detained.

Operations astatine GNI are presently suspended, Didik added. He did not accidental erstwhile they volition resume.

GNI said successful a connection the institution and constabulary are conducting an probe into the incident.

“The company, unneurotic with instrumentality enforcement officials, has instantly launched an in-depth and thorough probe into the incidents that person caused harm to each parties, some worldly and immaterial losses, and adjacent fatalities,” it said.

GNI launched the smelter successful precocious 2021 with an yearly capableness of 1.8 cardinal tonnes and a full concern estimated astatine $2.7bn.

Violent protests person breached retired sporadically successful the mineral-rich portion of Sulawesi, which has seen a caller concern roar successful nickel pursuing accrued request for its usage successful electrical conveyance batteries.

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