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Jakarta Post

Indonesia more tolerant than perceived: LSI

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 24 2012   /  10:15 am

A new survey conducted by the Indonesia Survey Circle (LSI) found that the majority of people are tolerant and concerned about worsening discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities.

According to the survey, conducted between Dec. 14 and 17, only 10 percent of respondents condoned discrimination against minority groups in the country and insisted that minority groups should submit to the wishes of the majority.

LSI, however, found that although intolerant people were few in number, they were opinion setters who wielded influence in their communities.

The survey outfit found that intolerant groups could inflict violence on a regular basis because of lax law enforcement.

“These groups include, among others, members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). These people are very vocal and actively reach out to society declaring that they represent the major...