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Jakarta Post

FPI-Dayak in Pontianak calm after being hit by tensions

  • Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Pontianak   /   Mon, March 19 2012   /  10:39 am

Situation in Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province, has returned to normal the weekend after the city was hit by a brief but serious bout of tension over a misunderstanding between the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and ethnic Dayaks.

West Kalimantan Police have assured that security and public order had been restored.

“The conducive situation was reached due to cooperation among nearly all parties, ranging from community figures, youths, religious leaders and representatives of the security agencies and the government,” West Kalimantan Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Mukson Munandar said Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Mukson urged all people in West Kalimantan to help maintain the peace.

The West Kalimantan Police were forced to deploy more officers to help maintain security in the city upon rumors there would be a major rally by the ...