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Johannesburg — More than one thousand community members in Northern Tanzania gathered to protest against the government’s plan to evict people of Loliondo from their ancestral land. According to International Land Coalition-Africa (ILC Africa), more than 73,000 Indigenous peoples from Loliondo, and about 90,000 in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, face eviction to make way for elite tourism and trophy hunting.

The government plans to lease Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to over one million wildebeest and the endangered black rhino, to hunting company Otterlo Business Corporation, which apparently belongs to the royal family in the United Arab Emirates.

This is the second attempt to remove people from these areas – almost a decade ago similar plans were halted by the former premier Mizengo Peter Pinda as a result of international pressure, and in September 2018 the East African Court of Justice granted an injunction in favour of the community. On September 25, 2018, the court had ruled in favour of four Maasai villages fighting for their rights. The case was filed after the government attempted to violently evict people from their villages resulting in the burning of homes leaving thousands homeless and several residents arrested.