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Jakarta Post

Special Report: Depok mayor retracts HKBP church permit

  • Hasyim Widhiarto


  /   Fri, June 26 2009   /  01:26 pm

In a country which embraces five official religions and claims Unity in Diversity as the state motto, people with different religions apparently continue to encounter difficulties living side by side. In the wake of a recent conflict between a Protestant church with Muslim groups and Depok administration, The Jakarta Post's Hasyim Widhiarto compiled the following report on the problems between the majority and the minority in the municipality. Betty Sitorus, a member of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestant (HKBP) congregation in Cinere, Depok, recalls how a sudden attack in October last year had destroyed the congregation's wish to have their own church. "Builders working on our church were taking a break when around 50 people came and asked them to leave." Betty said. "They were all carrying wooden blocks with nails in them, threatening workers not to...