TEXTILE FACTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
A Prewave Case Study
With thousands of residents dissatisfied at the pollution caused by PT Rayon Utama Makmur's (hereonout PT RUM) factory in Plesan, Indonesia, a collaborative effort was orchestrated that went from grassroots murmours to a large, organised strike in less than two months.
This case study outlines the chain of events in a low-resource language region that could be analysed and quantified to deliver key assumptions and predictions for the benefit of relevant stakeholders, and moreover to shine a light on poor working practices in industry.
Several weeks after the events unfolded, the Indonesian Advocates Society prepared 100 lawyers to file criminal and civil lawsuits against PT RUM over environmental pollution.
Timeline of Events
Residents in Plesan, Indonesia start complaining in mass about waste from the factory. They then stage an ad-hoc protest
Demonstration en masse happens bringing 1000s of residents, factory workers, executives and police to the scene.
Tensions continue to rise and leaders of the community come together to threaten a demonstration
A demonstration is officially announced and Prewave have a date and location
PREDICTION OF RISK EVENT
After a month of action, inaction and tension, residents once again threaten to demonstrate
Prewave picks up a 'demonstration planning' alert with high risk as well as a location and date. On the same day the demo is announced and becomes public
Residents demonstrate in larger numbers, burning parts of the factory. The police temporarily close the site, and after the demonstration is terminated, PT RUM issue a full site closure
FACTORY SITE CLOSURE