Sat, 03 Jun 2000

Angry fishermen torch trawlers

PALEMBANG, South Sumatra: Dozens of local fishermen in Musi Banyuasin regency burned three trawlers on Wednesday, injuring three people.

South Sumatra Police spokesman Maj. Arum Priyono said on Friday skippers of the trawlers, identified as Indra, Arbain and Kajo Subowo, survived with minor burns.

Arum said the arson was triggered by the fishermen's anger with the presence of the trawlers, which they accused of stealing their livelihood.

The police said traditional fishermen have long targeted the trawlers, Antara reported.