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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.
Young moderate Muslims declare war on extremists
Following an attack by members of the Islamic Defender Front against Muslims demonstrating in favour of religious freedom, some youth groups say there are ready to join the police against the Front. The government is now weighing its options on whether and how to dissolve the dangerous extremist group.
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.
President Susilo’s party favoured in elections
Indonesians cast their ballot to renew their parliament. The vote will provide crucial indications as to who will run in the July presidential elections. Vote was marred by violence in Jayapura, capital of Papua province where six people were killed and several others wounded. Islamic-based parties are expected to get each 4 per cent of the vote.
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.
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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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