Wed, 24 May 2000

Families complain of eviction

KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara: Fifteen families from Buraen village have sent a letter to East Nusa Tenggara Governor Piet Tallo, alleging they were intimidated into leaving their residences because the Air Force plans to construct a radar on the site.

The families said they would accept the presence of a new radar near the local Air Force base in Kupang regency if they were allowed to continue living there, Antara reported.

They claim that they were intimidated by the local district chief to give up their land.

They said there was no reason for their eviction because an expert recommendation from local airport authorities said the radar was not harmful to humans. (prb)