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Article on The Ecologist website about Sukamulya villagers' resistance to eviction from their homes and productive farmland for a massive airport project.
An aerotropolis is planned on yet more farmland adjoining the airport, taking the total project area to 50 square kilometres. The 12 year opposition to the megaproject, in West Java, Indonesia, is recognized as one of the country's key land rights struggles. 

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GAAM has published a digital interactive map: Aviation expansion in Indonesia: tourism, land struggles, economic zones, and aerotropolis projects. The map includes 60 airports - operational and at various stages of construction and planning. The issue of land rights is highlighted, documenting disputes and resistance against displacement relating to 25 airport projects. Two airports currently under construction in Java - Kertajati and Kulon Progo - are of particular concern because of human rights violations against people resisting eviction. The map indicates the exciting potential of online mapping for organizing, analyzing and presenting information and as a tool for collaborative research, awareness raising and campaigning.
http://arcg.is/2opI4TX

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New post on the GAAM blog: Alienation in the AEROTROPOLIS – an independent film from Taiwan – it sounds really interesting and has garnered good reviews and been showcased at film festivals including Slamdance.

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Petition to President of Indonesia Joko Widodo: Cancel Demolition of Sukamulya for BIJB airport and Liberate Three Arrested Farmers!

Since 2004, residents of 10 of 11 villages in the Kertajati District, West Java, have been evicted for BIJB airport. Only the village of Sukamulya remains and on 17th November officials arrived in Sukamulya to measure land for the airport. Thousands of riot police rushed onto paddy fields, shot tear gas at residents resisting eviction from their homes and farmland and arrested six people. 12 people were injured and homes and farmland destroyed. Three farmers were detained. Please sign this important petition! Scroll down the page for English version.


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Mexico: 86 and 56-Year-old activists opposing new Mexico City Airport brutally beaten. One of them has been hopitalised.

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On the GAAM blog - in West Java, Indonesia - Sukamulya villagers resist acquisition of farmland for Kertajati Airport. Already people from 10 villagers have been evicted for the project - a gigantic 50 sq km aerotropolis. Sukamulya villagers have been resisting land acquisition for 12 years, and the blog shows videos of some of the series of protests.

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A GAAM YouTube video playlist - communities around the world resisting displacement for airport expansion and new airports.

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The first issue of 'Aerotropolis Update', news from all over the world, from the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM). The examples in this Update indicate the extent of land allocation, expenditure and tax breaks for aerotropolis projects all over the world. http://antiaero.org/gaam-aerotropolis-update/

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New on the GAAM blog 'Investigation of eco-destruction for Istanbul's 3rd airport'. Kuzey Ormanları Savunması (North Forest Defence) has published an English language version of a comprehensive report. Forests, lakes and pastures are being destroyed, but there is vigorous campaign to halt construction. This airport is actually an aerotropolis, the plan is for an airport surrounded by commercial development, covering over 76 square kilometres of land. http://antiaero.org/2015/08/13/major-investigation-of-eco-destruction-for-istanbuls-third-airport/

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