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Protestors Shut Down GWK Access for One Day

Villagers Claim Promises of Roads and Jobs Have Remained Unfulfilled for 14 Years.

(4/6/2009) After waiting for 14 years for promised made by project developers to materialize, citizens from the Banjar Dharma Ungasan area near the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Complex (GWK) on the Ungasan peninsula protested last week by blocking access roads leading to the cultural park.

According to Radar Bali, the protests was undertaken by villagers whose traditional lands were acquired for the GWK Complex and, as a result of the park's operation, must now carry funereal towers (bade) for 4 km over hard-to-navigate pathways climbing up hillsides at a 45 degree incline.

Prior to the development of the GWK, villagers were persuaded to surrender a village thoroughfare with the promise of an improved replacement road for access to the village's cemetery. According to Radar Bali, villagers were also promised employment and compensation funds which have reportedly also yet to materialize.

A total of 90 local residents blocked the entrance to the park for the entire day on Tuesday, March 30, 2009, demanding the park management honor its promises.

Meanwhile, GWK management have pleaded with demonstrators for more time to await the return of the park's senior manager who is abroad for one week, before renewing their protests.