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January 20, 2021

SABL: Villagers Stage Peaceful Protest

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Over four-hundred villagers from Pomata and Ralopal Special Agricultural Lease (SABL) areas marched from Palmalmal District Headquarters to the District Chambers with banners and placards. 

The peaceful demonstration was aimed at the landowner company.


They said that while they are waiting for the Prime Minister to take the actions he promised, based on the outcome of the SABL Commission of Inquiry report, their environment is being destroyed at an alarming rate.


Most of the West Pomio communities have already set out plans to sustainably manage their environment and natural resources.


They now want their land back, with the claim that they have already given overwhelming evidence, along with testifying at the Commission of Inquiry, that their land was stolen from them. The question they are asking now is when will the prime minister respond?


The people are now calling on the Prime Minister to honour his commitment and address their issue.


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