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Mass protests demand freedom for imprisoned union leader at BMI seafood Indonesia

IUF affiliates continue their daily protests demanding the release from prison of Reni Desmiria, secretary of the SPBMI union of workers at seafood processor Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia. After Reni returned from maternity

leave last year and began enrolling BMI workers in the mandatory government health insurance scheme, the company engineered her arrest on May 17 and is demanding the maximum sentence of 6 years' imprisonment in retaliation. Reni submitted a fake high school certificate when she first applied for work at BMI 8 years ago, but only after she organized a significant number of workers in the health scheme did the company move to have her arrested and prosecuted. BMI has told Reni she can be released if she resigns from her job and her union position; she has refused.

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