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Indonesian-Chinese protest removal of Buddha statue

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 20 2010   /  10:59 am

The Indonesian-Chinese community in Tanjung Balai municipality in North Sumatra has protested against the administration’s plan to dismantle a statute of Buddha on top of the Tri Ratna Temple.Mayor Sutrisno Hadi has ordered that the statue be removed, claiming that this was called for by public pressures.However, many suspect his policy is permeated with political motives.For Buddhists, the mayor’s position is symptomatic of those who  seek to ignore or put aside their faith and a threat to the principle of unity in diversity.W. Lie, from the Indonesian-Chinese community, said he was shocked to learn that the decision had been taken based on a joint agreement by officials and religious leaders, including the Buddhist community.Lie acknowledged Buddhist representatives were involved in the joint agreement, but said their involvement was not based on their real wishes. According t...