INDONESIA: Attack by Muslim savages on church group ruins Christmas celebration

More than 200 Indonesian Muslims threw rotten eggs as well as plastic bags filled with urine and cow dung at Christians wanting to hold a Christmas mass near Jakarta on land where they plan to build a church.

Jakarta Globe (h/t Traduction)  Some 100 Christian worshippers intended to hold a mass near empty land where they hope to build a church, about 30-kilometers east of the capital, in a project barred by district government and community members in 2009.

Christian worshippers pray during a Christmas service in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 24, 2012.

Christian worshippers try to pray during a Christmas service in Jakarta

On Tuesday, however, local community members blocked the road near the land, Andri Ananta, a local police chief on Jakarta’s outskirts, told AFP. An AFP photographer witnessed furious locals — men and women wearing Muslim headscarf, with small children in tow — physically blocking the road and throwing rotten eggs at the gathering worshippers.

Ananta said police managed to convince the Christians to drop their plan and return home. “We tried our best to avoid any clash and the Christians agreed to leave,” he said, adding 380 police and military personnel including an anti-riot squad were deployed to the area.

Indonesian police block angry Muslim residents away from Christian worshippers from the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant intent on holding a Christmas mass on their property at the Jejalen Jaya village in Bekasi on Dec 25, 2012. More than 200 Indonesian Muslims threw rotten eggs at Christians wanting to hold a Christmas mass near land outside Jakarta where they plan to build a church

Indonesian police block angry Muslim residents away from Christian worshippers from the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant intent on holding a Christmas mass on their property at the Jejalen Jaya village in Bekasi on Dec 25, 2012. 

Church leader Reverend Palti Panjaitan said the incident came after a Christmas Eve attack on Monday evening when “intolerant people” threw not only rotten eggs but plastic bags filled with urine and cow dung at them. “Everything had happened while police were there. They were just watching without doing anything to stop them from harming us,” he told AFP.

The country’s high court last year overruled the district government’s 2009 decision, but constant intimidation from Muslims in the area has delayed the church’s construction, church officials said.

Residents on a motorcycle ride past a placard that reads 'Dismiss illegal Christian services, reject the church project' in front of a piece of land owned by a Christian congregation from the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant church

Residents on a motorcycle ride past a placard that reads ‘Dismiss illegal Christian services, reject the church project’ in front of a piece of land owned by a Christian congregation from the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant church

Indonesia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion but rights groups say violence against minorities including Christians and the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect has escalated since 2008.

 

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10 comments on “INDONESIA: Attack by Muslim savages on church group ruins Christmas celebration

  1. Since 2008? Of course! Since Obama announced to the world that he will take the side of the Muslims in everything and defend Islam at all costs, why wouldn’t they attack Christians? It’s the winning hand. The politicians stand back and watch it happen because they know the U.S. won’t condemn it.

  2. I think that indonesian muslims have to be the stupidest people on Earth. Why in hell would they fall for a religion whos holy book speaks in a language that none of them can understand? Why would they fall for a god who is supposedly speaking to the whole Earth while using only one long-dead, middle-eastern language? Its absurd and they are too stupid to realize that.

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