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Vigilantes top lists of religious intolerance

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 22 2010   /  10:36 am

Incidents of religious intolerance are on the rise this year – and vigilantes are behind many of the episodes, according to  two recently released reports.According to the Moderate Muslim Society’s (MMS) report, there were 81 cases of religious intolerance in 2010, up from 59 cases in 2009.Sixty-three cases, or about 80 percent of the total, involved the attack or destruction of houses of worship across the nation.A report released by the Wahid Institute on Tuesday recorded 133 challenges to religious freedom in 13 provinces across the nation. More than 80 percent of those cases were perpetrated by vigilantes from mass organizations, organized masses or individuals, according to the report.The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) were near the top of both reports’ lists of perpetrators.The Wahid Institute and the MMS reported that West Java was the province with the most cases of relig...