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Indonesian military guy says that fire-starters should be shot

08/08/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this in the news on Channelnewsasia and I totally agree with him. According to the article:

JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday (Aug 5) he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region.

Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week.

The BNPB is working with many government branches, including the military, to contain the fires. Indonesian media have reported that authorities in the neighbouring province of South Sumatra, also on the island of Sumatra, had issued the same order.

“This is to stress a point to the people, who have been warned many, many times,” said Colonel Refrizal, commander of the forest fire task force in Jambi. “(This is) to show our firmness and seriousness.”

Every year, we are faced with thick haze from burning plantations in Indonesia as their owners clear the land using “slash and burn” methods. These methods cause lots of people in the surrounding areas to have severe respiratory problems and can even result in death. So will this work? Maybe.

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