Thousand of resident of Temukus Village in Buleleng, North Bali, took to the streets in protest on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, to demonstrate against the possible loss of a 6,000 square meter piece of land now used as a community cemetery.
Charged with emotion, the villagers cut down trees blocking the main road connecting Singaraja and Gilimanuk resulting in a 5-kilometer-traffic jam that lasted more than 3 hours.
The angry street protests followed a court session during which Made Sueca is trying to legally claim the traditional graveyard as his own land. Villagers contend he has no legal claim on the land, saying Sueca is not from their village and that his legal moves are merely a property grab backed by an investor.
The crowd eventually calmed and the road was reopened after the Regent of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana, came to the affected village and met with the villagers.
Police remain on standby in anticipation that the protests might once again erupt.
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