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Buddha statue blamed for Tanjungbalai riot

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 15 2016   /  07:16 am

It turns out the roots of a recent riot in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatra, could have been the presence of a Buddha Amitābha statue on top of a temple in the city, since the local Muslim community has been protesting against its presence since it was erected in 2009, but to no avail.

The complaint of a woman against the loudness of the adzan (call to prayer) from a nearby mosque could apparently have only been a convenient trigger for the rioting.

This conclusion was revealed during a meeting between religious leaders and the community held at the office of Tanjungbalai’s mayor on Friday, which was also attended by representatives from the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister.

Muslim community leaders attending the meeting questioned the presence of the Buddha Amitābha statue, considering that they claimed there had been an agreement mad...