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Jakarta Post

What hope is left for Sampang Shiites?

  • Khairil Azhar

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 31 2012   /  08:05 am

While other Muslims performed takbiran, or recitation of Islamic laudations, to gratefully welcome Idul Fitri, Sampang Shiites were callously warned not to do the same.

Before the heartless attacks took place, several non-Shiite Muslims went to the Shiites’ houses and asked, “Are you still Shiites, or have you already repented and forsworn? If you remain Shiites, we will burn your houses and if you oppose us, you will be killed.”

A report submitted by the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) following the violence certainly contradicts the “bureaucratic” statements made by the state’s officials, statements like: “The unrest was caused by criminal actions and [or] family disputes. Therefore, it should be solved through criminal and legal procedures.”

And, as usual, the President’s rhetorical statement included “I call ...