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Jakarta Post

Masohi residents reject outside brass

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Ambon   /   Wed, December 24 2008   /  10:50 am

Residents who were recently engulfed by a religious conflict in Masohi, Maluku, rejected on Tuesday the possible deployment of Armed Forces and Police officers from outside the province, saying it would worsen the current, calm situation. "Our people want their region to be guarded by officers from Maluku and reject the suggestion that officers from outside the province should come in," Letwaru subdistrict head N.A. Wattimena told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. In the clash between Christian and Muslim communities in the subdistrict on Dec. 9, dozens of houses were damaged, a church was burned down and five residents were injured. Wattimena said, based on experiences from past conflicts in 1999 and 2000, which happened as a knock on effect of larger conflicts in Ambon, Maluku, the deployment of officers from outside Maluku only makes things worse as the off...