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Islamic extremists attack bars and hotels for “violating the sanctity of Ramadan”
In Bogor yesterday a mob of extremists smashed up coffee shops and small hotels they accuse of promoting prostitution. Police says it won’t allow a repeat of the incidents, calling on the government to ban the activities of radical groups like the Islam Defenders Front.
The Indonesian parliament adopts anti-pornography bill
MPs present voted unanimously for the bill. Opposition parties did not however participate in the vote. Dissent explodes in online forums. A Jakarta court sentences an Islamic fundamentalist leader to jail for fomenting clashes last June.
Anti-Ahmadi decree inches Indonesia one step closer to an Islamic state
The country is split over the issue of religious freedom. Human rights activists, scholars and minorities call for decisive action by the president; otherwise the government will become a hostage to extremists whose ultimate goal is the introduction of Sharia law.
Interior Minister's call to give Islamists a 'public role' draws criticism
Interior Minister Gamawan Fauzi wants governors and local administrators to cooperate with FPI members. Activists and members of civil society groups slam him for ignoring the FPI's deliberate acts of intolerance towards minorities. One lawmaker describes the minister as a "disoriented person", defines the FPI an "obstacle" to the law.
04/11/2016 18:14:00 INDONESIA
President Widodo snubs protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor
The president did not meet with Muslim leaders calling for the arrest of Ahok accused of "blasphemy”. Despite early fears, the event was held in a peaceful manner with a few clashes. There are religious and political factors behind the protest.
23/09/2016 20:29:00 INDONESIA
Islamic radicals in Makassar tell Protestant church it does not have the right to a building permit
Ethnic Toraja attend the parish church. Pastor says it has “proper papers” and saw the mayor visit.
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