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Jakarta Post

Activist beaten as Christians barred from praying

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 7 2012   /  07:20 am

An activist was beaten and Batak Protestant Christian Union (HKBP) Filadelfia churchgoers were barred from holding a Sunday service in Jejalen Raya village in Bekasi by Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers, residents and religious groups who blocked roads in the area.

About 1,000 people, including 400 Satpol PP officers and hard-line Muslim groups, forced Christian worshippers to leave the church.

The mob loudly abused worshippers and swept the area looking for any other churchgoers.

Tantowi Anwari, an activist from the Association of Journalists for Diversity (Sejuk), said people claiming to be members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) asked him to remove a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Say No to Majority’s Tyranny”, because they took it as an insult to Muslims.

They stole his ID card and beat him until a police officer brought him into a p...