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Moluccas, fresh fears of Muslim-Christian clashes: 4 dead, dozens of homes ablaze
In Ambon, security forces intervene in riot gear. The fear is that this is a flashback of the violence that, until 2002, divided Islamists and Protestant Christians, causing thousands of innocent deaths.
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.
Ambon, more Muslim-Christian violence: 16 injured, houses burnt
More unrest in the Moluccas, long-time site of sectarian clashes. Police seize weapons, including Molotov cocktails, arrows and machetes. On December 12, two wounded in an ambush. The central government condemns the incidents and calls for respect for the law. Army chief claims the situation is "under control".
Moluccas: three dead and 60 wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims
Accidental death of a Muslim taxi driver in Ambon sparks violence. The Islamic community spread the rumour that he had been attacked by Christians. Police intervention restores calm, but some stray bullets killed two people. Houses and properties of religious minority burned.
Maluccas, clashes between Islamic groups: at least five dead and 300 houses burnt
The violence erupted in the night between 11 and 12 February in the village of Pelauw, about an hour from Ambon. A disagreement on the ritual to bless a house sparked the confrontation. AsiaNews sources said that the dead could be "over 11".Thousands of evacuees seeking food and shelter.
Moluccas: in the footsteps of St. Francis Xavier, to revive Christian-Muslim dialogue
In the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio and hundreds of priests, the statue dedicated to the Spanish Jesuit was inaugurated. A hotbed of violence in the past, the area is essential to promote the message of coexistence. Muslim governor of the Moluccas: "Diversity is a blessing that should not be eliminated, but maintained and preserved".
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