» 07/05/2013, 00.00
Islamisation gets a boost in Jakarta, as Supreme Court suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages
The leaders of the Islamic Defender Front has been fighting for a ban on alcohol, especially during Ramadan. With its ruling, the Supreme Court suspends a 1997 presidential decree that authorised the sale of alcohol, stressing that "it is not apt" to maintain order. Fundamentalists are overjoyed. For them, "rapes and adultery are alcohol-related."
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Indonesia has taken another step towards Islamisation
following a Supreme Court decision to suspend a presidential decree of 1997
authorising the sale of alcoholic beverages in the country. Local
authorities can now ban alcoholic beverages like wine and beer as well as soft
drinks on their territory. The leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI),
which has pushed the case, are rejoicing. For them, sexual violence and
adultery are due to "alcoholic beverages."
For years, the FPI has laid down the law in various parts of the
archipelago, imposing rules and regulations inspired by sharia, or Islamic law,
to govern conduct and impose prohibitions, including on the consumption of
In particular, restrictions on behaviour tend to intensify on the eve of
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. In
the past, several members of the group raided and attacked shops, kiosks, and market
stalls that sold alcoholic beverages during Ramadan.
Yesterday, the Indonesian Supreme Court suspended Presidential Decree
No. 3/1997, which regulates and authorises the sale of alcoholic beverages. Chief
Justice Ridwan Mansyur agreed with the FPI's claim that the decree does not favour
upholding "law and order".
Now, local governments are free to ban the sale of alcohol, something
that has already happened in 22 regencies and municipalities, like Depok and
Indramayu in West Java.
After years of struggle and legal battles, Islamists enthusiastically welcomed
the ruling. "Alcoholic drinks are closely linked to episodes of adultery,"
said Habib Muhammad bin Toha Assegaff, FPI chief in Tangerang.
Although Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, its constitution
recognises basic personal liberties, like religious freedom. However, in recent
years, the country has become the scene of growing violence and abuse against
minorities, including Christians as well as Ahmadi Muslims and other groups.
Islamic law is enforced in only one province, Aceh, but pressures are
mounting in many others to do the same.
Already in some places, women
are banned from riding motorbikes sideways or wearing
jeans or short skirts. In some places, a special morality police has
been set up, tasked with finding and punishing violators and enforcing such
radical and extreme measures.
Malaysian model punished for drinking beer, caned in accordance with Sharia
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Ramadan in Jakarta, the extremists announce a raid "against alcohol and pornography"
The Islamic Defense Front (FPI) announces attacks on "sinful" bars and locales during Islam's holy month. The police sequester and send in smoke drinks and DVDs, in an atmosphere of increasing intolerance. IDF Leader: "Our activists on the streets of the capital, will ensure compliance with the rules." High alert among religious minorities and non-Orthodox Muslims.
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