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HKBP congregation urges National Police to step in

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 9 2010   /  11:47 am

The congregation of the HKBP Filadelfia church in Bekasi, West Java, demanded justice from the National Police after a fifth attack by the Islamic Community Forum (FUI) left more than a dozen people injured on Sunday. Members of Huria Kristen Batak Protestan in Jejalen Jaya subdistrict, home to around 1,500 congregation members, were about to begin their Sunday service at 8 a.m. on the street in front of their sealed church construction site. However, the area had been barricaded by around 700 FUI members and local residents. Some people in the blockade had apparently claimed to be the members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), an affiliate of FUI. Hundreds of officers from Bekasi Police were present, but were apparently "unable" to stop the mob from attacking the group, leaving around 20 people injured, mostly women. "The police did not do anything when the mob started t...