» 05/16/2012, 00.00
Maluku, Christian neighborhood attacked
Unidentified persons set fire to houses and cars. Dozens of families have fled their homes for fear of new attacks. The clashes began last May 14 during the celebrations of the Indonesian hero Thomas Matulessy. Police rule out the Islamists.
West Java, Protestant church demolished by local government
According to officials, the building did not have construction permits. The community of believers’ claims they repeatedly asked permission, but received no responses. Solidarity for the Christians from the Forum for Interreligious Dialogue.
Jakarta calls Obama to stop the burning of the Koran
The President telephoned his U.S. counterpart to warn that the initiative threatens world peace. The United States should instead be a "bridge of communication between the West and Islam".
Aceh, Christians protest over burned church and authorities inertia
The fire dates to July 18 in Singkil regency. Pews and musical instruments destroyed in the fire. Since May last year the local government, under pressure from Islamists, has sealed off 20 Christian places of worship, four of which are Catholics.
Threats against Christian churches: return of strategy of tension even in Sulawesi
Telephone messages warning of attacks against Catholic and Protestant churches, but they are hoaxes. Police are investigating but it is not clear whether it is political propaganda or conflict of a religious nature. Sulawesi Priest calls for "fellow citizens" not to get carried away "by feelings of hatred."
West Java, Muslim and Christian intellectuals against mayor’s attempts to cancel Protestant church
Diani Budiarto, regardless of a ruling by the Constitutional Court, will not guarantee freedom of Christian worship to the Yasmin Church of. Muslim Professor calls on the government to punish the official, but warns that one case of intolerance should not be generalized. Priest recalls the attacks on 47 churches in 2010 and claims the right to religious freedom.
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