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In this March 20, 2017 photo, activists have their feet encased in concrete during a rally outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dozens of farmers and activists had their feet cemented for a days-long protest in the capital against the operation of a cement factory in Kendeng in Central Java. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Indonesian farmers cemented their feet to protest a cement factory


Farmers and activists opposed to a cement factory in Indonesia's Central Java province this week encased their feet in concrete during a dayslong protest in Jakarta, the capital. Farmers in the village of Kendeng have battled against plans for the factory for years, saying it could taint their water.

Eyewitnesses tweeted  more photos from the protest.

Apparently protesters joined in throughout the day.

Anis Maftuhin, who told the Indonesian Express he represents the majority of Kendeng people who support the factory, defended it as a better alternative to mining the Karst mountains in the area.

He said the company, Cement Indonesia, has built a water retention basin and helped secure clean water supplies.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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