Leonardo DiCaprio May be Banned from Ever Returning to Indonesia
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia over his criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country’s rainforests and endangering wildlife, an immigration official has said.
The Oscar winner made a one-day visit to protected Mount Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra last weekend and uploaded photos to his Instagram account, expressing concerns over species whose habitats are threatened.
“The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors,” he posted. “A world-class biodiversity hotspot, but palm oil expansion is destroying this unique place.”
Heru Santoso, spokesman for the Directorate General for Immigration at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, said DiCaprio used his visit to discredit the palm oil industry and the Indonesian government.
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