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[COMMENTARY] What if Macron asked Jokowi about the Sulawesi massacre?

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 1, 2020   /  11:42 pm
[COMMENTARY] What if Macron asked Jokowi about the Sulawesi massacre? Crime scene investigation: Central Sulawesi Police chief Insp. Gen. Abdul Rakhman Baso (second right) inspects a crime scene in Lembantongoa village, Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, one day after suspected members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group killed four local people. The police and military are hunting down the perpetrators of the alleged terror attack. (Courtesy of Sigi Police/Antara)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo condemned French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial remarks on Islam on Oct. 31, joining the chorus of denunciation from the Islamic world against the French leader. After the butchering of four members of a Christian family in Central Sulawesi last Friday, I wonder if Macron will call on Jokowi to offer his condolences and decry the barbaric acts. The East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group reportedly beheaded two members of the Salvation Army church and burned two others to death, and set fire to six houses, including one which used to be used for worship, in the Central Sulawesi regency of Sigi. Let us be clear, I am an Indonesian Catholic who can understand the anger of Muslims across the world upon hearing Macron defend in the name of freedom of expression the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. A ...