» 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.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - For the third straight day there have been
attacks in Ambon (Moluccas),
where last night a group of unidentified persons set
fire to houses and motorbikes
in a predominantly Christian neighborhood. AsiaNews sources say that dozens of families have fled their homes for
fear of attacks. Many fear
the involvement of Islamic extremist
The violence started early last May 14 on Pattimura Day, which
commemorates Indonesian national hero Thomas
Matulessy (1783-1817) who was born in Ambon,
contested by both Christians and Muslims.
In the night a group of men attacked the candlelight
vigil in Saparua village which
was due to end in
downtown Ambon. In the clashes 44 people were injured. Yesterday, General Saud Usman Nasution
said that the violence was deliberately caused
by people close to the radical movements, but has
ruled out the involvement of Islamic
Between 1999 and 2001 a bloody war between Christians and Muslims was fought
in the Moluccas. There were thousands of victims,
hundreds of churches and mosques destroyed, thousands of homes destroyed, and almost half a million refugees. In February 2002 a truce between
the two fronts -of
equal strength in the Christian and Muslim
areas - signed in
Sulawesi, halted the violence through a peace plan promoted
by the government.
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