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Majority power: Rejecting places of worship

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Jakarta   /   Fri, May 10, 2019   /  10:25 am
Majority power: Rejecting places of worship A banner in front of the site of the planned construction of a Hindu temple in Sukatani village, Bekasi regency, West Java reads: “Be careful! If you insist on building the temple, we are ready to carry out jihad as you are the ones who started this.” (Tempo/File)

A Facebook post featuring pictures of a group of people rejecting the construction of a Hindu temple in Sukatani, Bekasi, West Java went viral on Tuesday. The images showed people holding a banner saying “Be careful! If you still insist on building the temple we are ready to carry out jihad as you are the ones who started this.” According to the West Java chapter of the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI), the temple construction had been agreed to by the village head and surrounding inhabitants, but the rejection came from an organization from outside the location. The open rejection of non-Muslim places of worship has been a repetitive phenomenon in Indonesia lately. In early January, a banner rejecting the construction of a church, GKI Ampera, in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, went viral. Last November, people in Limbung, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, rejected the constr...



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