» 08/07/2013, 00.00
Archbishop of Jakarta warns of attacks, urges people to remain vigilant and calls for controls
In a message sent via mailing list to Catholic priests and community leaders, Mgr Ignatius Suharyo warns of possible anti-Christian violence. At the same time, the prelate calls for "friendly and cooperative" action with others. Yesterday, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of a Catholic school in Jakarta. For a local priest, the attack is related to the celebrations that mark the end of Ramadan.
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The former president and leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation is ready to send paramilitaries to West Java to defend Christians from fundamentalist attacks.
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Although Indonesia's constitution guarantees freedom of worship, praying at home is banned whilst churches are shut down by Muslim extremists. Forced to pray and worship in the streets, Christians are victims of harassment and intimidation.
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According to a report by the prestigious institute, 51 per cent of cases of violence can be attributed to public officials and agencies. Police and security forces are negligent or share responsibility in attacks on minorities. Although the number of cases of violence has dropped, government policy has not changed. Even reformist newly elected president Jokowi has been inattentive to minority rights.
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