The Jakarta Post
The police have arrested 11 people suspected of burning down several Buddhist and Chinese temples in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra.
Tanjung Balai Police spokesman Adj. Comr. Yani Sinulingga said the police had arrested four suspects on Sunday, in addition to seven who were already in police custody.
“The suspects are still undergoing intensive interrogation. We have also listed dozens of people on our most-wanted list [DPO] of fugitives, we will arrest more people soon,” Yani said, as quoted by kompas.com.
Hundreds of people burned down several Buddhist vihara, Chinese temples and pagodas in Tanjung Balai on Friday, triggered by a protest from a local ethnic Chinese resident, who had reprimanded Al Maksum Mosque and asked it to turn down its loudspeaker.
The police had been criticized for their absence during the attacks that affected one vihara and three pagodas on Jl. Pantai Amor, one vihara on Jl. Imam Bonjol and one pagoda on Jl. Ade Irma. The mob also destroyed prayer equipment, Buddha statues, tables, chairs, lamps and several cars and motorbikes.
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