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Indonesia: Islamic mob attacks suspected 'Christian church'




Jakarta, 19 Nov. (AKI) - About 30 self-appointed Islamic vigilantes are alleged to have raided a house suspected to be a Christian place of worship in Citeureup Village of Bandung in the Indonesian province of West Java, on Monday.

The owner of the house, Ranto Gunawan Simamora, told reporters that dozens of people raided the house and went directly to the living room which is normally used for Christian gatherings and worship.

No-one was injured in the raid and the police have sealed off the house while they carry out further investigation.

The attack is the latest aimed against so-called illegal places of worship in Java and beyond.

In order to obtain a permit to establish a Christian, Catholic, Buddhist or Hindu place of worship in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, any group seeking a permit must have at least 90 members and receive the permission of 60 local residents who are members of a different faith.

This law, contested by most of Indonesia's religious minorities, was issued on 21 March 2006 and actually replaced a tougher law that was in place since 1969. According to the previous law, 100 people had to agree to the new place of worship.




 

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