Production resumes at Central Sulawesi nickel smelter after deadly labor clashes

Production at a nickel smelter owned by China’s Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry resumed on Tuesday, Central Sulawesi Police said, after operations were suspended due to a protest and riot at the weekend in which two workers were killed.

An Indonesian and a Chinese worker died, while vehicles and dormitories were torched during the clashes at the PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry (GNI) smelter, a unit of Jiangsu Delong, which involved protesters, workers and security guards.

“The situation at GNI in North Morowali is relatively conducive and the company today has restarted operation,” Central Sulawesi Police spokesperson Didik Supranoto said in a statement.


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