An environmental investigation team was held hostage overnight and told they would be killed and dumped in a river by a large group of men reportedly related to the Andika Permata Sawit Lestari palm oil company. The team were trying to investigate incidents relating to the controversial annual slash and burn process, which destroys valuable rainforest habitats and is responsible for significant pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

From the Guardian –

Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia

Up to 100 Indonesian men, believed to have been hired by a palm oil firm, took a team of official environmental investigators hostage on Friday and threatened to burn them alive, Indonesia’s environment ministry has said.

The government team of seven were documenting illegal forest fires, which are often set ablaze deliberately by agriculture firms to clear land for replanting during the dry season.

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