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Jakarta Post

Armed men attack Catholic prayer group in Yogyakarta

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, May 30, 2014   /  06:33 pm

Dozens of armed people wearing robes allegedly assaulted a group of Catholics while saying the Rosary at a house in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, on Thursday. They reportedly beat up the house owner, a journalist and three others.

The house owner, Julius Felicianus, who is the director of the Galang Press publishing house, suffered severe injuries and broken bones while Kompas TV reporter Michael Aryawan also suffered injuries. His camera was also taken by the assailants.

"Julius was attacked by many people until he fell. He was also hit with a flower pot so hard that it broke his shoulder. He has been treated at Panti Rapih Hospital since last night," Galang Press deputy director Teguh Prastowo told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

He explained that Julius was initially at the Galang Press office in Baciro, Yogyakarta, conducting interfaith prayers with the Yogyakarta Anti-Violence Community (Makaryo) for a safe presidential election when the attack happened. Julius then rushed home with two police officers after receiving a phone call from his son about the attack.

Julius found his house vandalized. Kompas TV journalist Michael Aryawan, who is Julius'€™ neighbor, went to Julius'€™ house after the attack and started filming the aftermath of the attack. While Julius was asking questions of people, the assailants returned and started assaulting him and Michael.

Both Julius and Michael recognized one of the assailants as one of their neighbors, identified only as KH.

On Friday morning, Michael filed a report with the Yogyakarta Regional Police.

Yogyakarta Regional Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Anny Pujiastuti said KH had been taken into custody.  She said the police were trying to identify the other assailants and were looking for evidence to find the masterminds and motive of the attack.

On May 13, Makaryo recorded 18 unresolved cases of sectarian violence in the province, including one in which the Islamic Jihad Front (FJI) allegedly assaulted the chairman of the Gunungkidul Interfaith Forum, Aminuddin Azis ,on May 2.(fss/dic)


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