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Jakarta Post

Interfaith harmony week in RI kicks off to a tragic start

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 7 2011   /  10:01 am

Religious leaders and government officials called on the public to end prejudice and stop religious violence at the start of a religious harmony week on Sunday, when three Ahmadis
were killed.

The chairman of Muhammadiyah, the nation’s second-largest Muslim organization, Din Syamsuddin, made the call during the official opening of World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Jakarta Convention Center on Sunday, following an attack by 1,500 people on members of the Ahmadiyah faith, in which there were three killed and five seriously injured in Cikeusik in Pandeglang, Banten.There were similar attacks against Ahmadis in Parung, Bogor, Sukabumi, Kuningan, West Java and Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.Actor Butet Kertaradjasa conveyed his dismay. “While we celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week today, we witness dozens of Ahmadis being stabbed by others in the name of religion.”Din, who...