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Jakarta Post

Residents, police say youth culture clash, not faiths

  • Indah Setiawati and Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 29 2008   /  10:03 am

Residents of Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, said religious differences were not the main reason behind Saturday's clash, as the Muslim-dominated kampungs had accepted students of other religions for more than a decade. Nurhayati, who lives just five meters away from Setia campus, said she never had any problems with Setia students, and has shard a room with several of them for the past five years. "So far, the students were fine and I myself had no problem with them. I just heard a student stole something from a resident here, but I don't know what it was or who the victim was," said Nurhayati, who has been living in the area for around 30 years. When the clashes occurred, Nurhayati and her family chose to remain at home for safety and consequently they couldn't identify anyone involved. Some parts of her house had been damaged by stones in the incident, she...