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Angry crowds destroy three churches in C. Java

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 9 2011   /  10:46 am

Day of rage: Cars and motorcycles burn at the Pantekosta Church in Temanggung, Central Java, after on attack by rioters on Tuesday. Hundreds of peopleunhappy with the fi ve-year prison sentence sought for a blasphemy defendant ran riot, attacking the court building, three churches and police stations. Antara/Anis Efi zudinMobs destroyed three churches in Temanggung, Central Java, on Tuesday, as violence erupted following a hearing in a blasphemy trial of defendant Antonius Richmond Bawengan.

The angry crowd set the Bethel Church and Pantekosta Church on fire, and threw stones at Santo Petrus and Paulus Church, kompas.com reported.

Portions of a kindergarten located at the Bethel Church compound were gutted by fire, and several motorcycles were also burned in the incident.

The town was gripped by fear, as stores closed and traffic was chaotic in the wake of the violen...