Farmers Protest Against France on Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

LB Ciputri Hutabarat    •    09 Juni 2015 15:58 WIB
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Farmers Protest Against France on Plain Packaging for Cigarettes
The Association of Indonesian Tobacco Farmers (APTI) protesting in front of the French Embassy Office in M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, 9 June, 2015

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The Association of Indonesian Tobacco Farmers (APTI) was to protest in front of the French Embassy Office in M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta. The demonstration was to be conducted in relation with France's policy in applying plain packaging for cigarettes.

APTI Coordinator Hananto Wibisono said the plain cigarette packs will cost tobacco farmers. Nevertheless, Indonesia is regarded as one of the largest tobacco producers in the world.

"The plain packaging for cigarettes have weakened Indonesian tobacco products' competitiveness, whereas the demand for tobacco as raw material will decline," Hananro said when contacted Metrotvnews.com, Tuesday (6/9/2015)

He stated his party was to mobilize 600 tobacco farmers from West and Central Java. "We will deliver our objections with today's peace protest," he said.

According to Metrotvnews.com field observation, dozens of police officers have stood guard in front of the embassy's office to secure the peaceful act. Meanwhile, the French Embassy has not provided any statements. "We have not heard of the action," says one of the security guards of the embassy.

Previously, Australia have also applied the regulations on plain cigarette packaging against Indonesian tobacco products. At the moment, Australia is facing a lawsuit at the arbitrary level of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The lawsuit was submitted by Indonesia and four other countries, which are Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba. These five countries assessed that the plain packaging policy violates international trade law. (Eps)
(WIL)