Video: Challenging the Asbestos Lobby in Indonesia
From hiring propagandists and lobbyists to sending out spies and making threats against campaigners, the asbestos lobby is using dirty tactics because it knows that the campaign to ban asbestos is making major progress. Now, the campaign to ban asbestos has been featured on ABC News, which traveled to Indonesia to report on the push-back from the asbestos lobby.
Since countries like Australia began banning asbestos, the asbestos industry turned to markets like Indonesia, where people are being exposed to dangerous asbestos in their workplaces, communities, and homes.
Sriyono is one of them. He suffers from terminal cancer after years of working in an asbestos factory. Sriyono told the ABC:
“I’m very angry, right up until the day I resigned the company didn’t care.”
Sriyono is just one of the thousands of people in Indonesia whose health is put at risk by an asbestos industry desperate to continue profiting at the expense of human lives. But activists, doctors, trade unions and asbestos disease victims are fighting back.
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