By Nur Hidayati | 15 November 2011, 00:27 BST
We have been warned that we may have to move out of our office in Jakarta this week. This is the office that has been leading our campaign to stop Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) destroying therainforests of Indonesia.
All rights reserved. Credit: Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace Working to protect Indonesia's rainforests has led to concerted attacks against our Jakarta office
But in this latest attempt to disrupt our work, we've been told that we have breached some local building regulations. We've got the documents to prove otherwise, but it seems these may count for little.
Last year, when we started our campaign to end deforestation by targeting parts of the palm oil industry, we experienced attacks on our work in Indonesia. We saw this as evidence that we pushed the right buttons. And earlier this year, after we launched our global campaign against APP, we again experienced concerted attacks.
But this time, they are bigger and look much more organised.
We're a campaigning organisation. We expect these negative attacks and we know they will always be a risk. As long as we keep campaigning to end the destruction of the rainforests, these attacks will keep happening.
Many civil society organisations here in Indonesia - such as the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation and WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia, along with some reputable public figures - have given us tremendous support. They take these concerted attacks very seriously because they show the increasing attempts of large, unaccountable corporations to wield influence over our politicians. Together with them, we will always fight with the government to stand up for the people and fight against the handful of short-sighted corporate fat cats who want only to make money out of environmental destruction.
It's interesting to compare our situation in Indonesia right now with some of our previous forest campaigns around the world, as we've come under this sort of attack before. In the spring of 1997, Greenpeace was referred to as "the enemy of British Colombia" for our work against destructive logging in the Great Bear Rainforest. Ten years later, we celebrated a historic conservation agreement with the premier of the province, which is today highlighted as a model of cooperation between industry, government, First Nations communities and environmentalists. In September 2011, the mayor of Vancouver honoured our work by declaring 15 September as Greenpeace Day.
It may be 10 years until we have a similar situation in Indonesia. But right now, we're not going to stop campaigning to halt deforestation in Indonesia. We're going to continue to take on the big corporations who often have huge influence with top bureaucrats and politicians. That's because these companies have been destroying the forests, the habitats of many endangered species, disrupting the livelihoods of local communities who depend on the forests, and triggering social conflicts.
In Indonesia we have a wise saying: "Buruk muka cermin dibelah". It means: "Instead of fixing your ugly face, you break the mirror."
Those people who are behind these attacks should fix their face, rather than breaking the mirror which shows their true nature.