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Jakarta Post

Christians observe a peaceful Xmas

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 26 2010   /  12:28 pm

Christmas spirit: JP/Tarko Sudiarno Hundreds of residents of Tangkil village in Dukun subdistrict in Central Java’s Magelang take part in a Christmas Mass at a spring on the slopes of Mount Merapi on Saturday morning. Some residents around the volcano still lack clean water after the volcano first erupted on Oct. 26.Indonesian Christians celebrated Christmas in peace on Saturday, with almost no security threats reported.

In spite of recent religious tension, the Christmas observance also saw Muslims and Islamist organizations standing guard to help create a secure environment for Christians to observe the birth of Jesus.

In Jakarta, members of Muslim organizations like the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (Forkabi), the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama GP Ansor and the Maluku Muslim Youth Forum (FPMM), joined the police to stand guard at a number of churches for Christmas Mass s...