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Forum blasts police for late response in Masohi

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Ambon   /   Wed, December 17 2008   /  11:16 am

The Maluku Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB) has criticized the local police for not heeding warnings of political unrest prior to last week's riots that ransacked Masohi in Central Maluku. The Dec. 9 riot was allegedly sparked by elementary school teacher Welhemina Holle, a Christian, who on Dec. 3 allegedly blasphemed against Islam in the presence of her sixth-graders. FKUB secretary Husein Toisuta said early rumors circulating about the teacher's outburst should have forewarned of a potential conflict between religious groups. "There was a window of five days in which to solve the problem as the rumors were being circulated among the public right up until the rally-turned-riot," Husein told The Jakarta Post. "The police should have taken preventative action regardless of whether they were able to verify the rumors as the subject matter was ext...