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Jakarta Post

Protesters chase parishioners over ‘friendly Islam’ sticker

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor   /   Mon, January 2 2012   /  10:00 am

The atmosphere heated up again around the GKI Taman Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java, when a group of people tried to prevent the church’s congregation from conducting the first Sunday service in 2012 near the sealed church.

But the Bogor Police and the West Java Police countered their attempt by immediately constructing a barricade between the congregation and the protesters.

“Please, I advise other people not to follow [what the protesters are doing]. Let the officers [do their job],” Bogor Police deputy chief Comr. Irwansyah said.

As the members still could not conduct the service near their sealed church, the service was then moved into a house of the church’s members at Taman Yasmin housing complex.

But when congregation members were ready to leave the church in their cars, one of the protestors was enraged after reading a sticker attached on the...