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Jakarta Post

‘Tjilik Riwut strategy’ to guard indigenous harmony

  • Moh Yasir Alimi

Semarang   /   Tue, February 14 2012   /  06:00 am

There is now an effective strategy to combat religious violence and the influence of violent groups: Surround their plane and prohibit propagators of violence from disembarking and stepping foot on your land.

This strategy can also be metaphorical: Surround the carriers of violence, prevent inciters of violence from spreading influence in your land to destroy the long-standing tradition of tolerance.

This strategy can be called the “Tjilik Riwut” strategy; a strategy demonstrated by local Dayak protesters who refused to permit the presence of an organization that often incites violence, disharmony and intimidation in many parts of Indonesia.

Motivated by the desire to protect indigenous peace and religious harmony in Central Kalimantan, local protesters surrounded a plane carrying four senior officials of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) who had come there to inau...