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Semarang mayor halts construction of church following protests

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

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Semarang   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  03:20 pm
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The construction site of Semarang Baptist Church on Jl. Malangsari, Semarang, Central Java, has been halted following objections by mostly Muslim locals. (Tribun Jateng/Jamal Al Nashr)

The Semarang administration in Central Java decided to review the building permit of the Semarang Baptist Church following protests from mostly Muslim people, with Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi saying that the church construction would be halted until he finished verifying the permit’s ‘validity’. “We will see whether the permit’s issuance was conducted in accordance with the proper procedure. If we find that the permit is valid, residents should consequently abide by the rule,” he said on Monday, adding that Semarang's inhabitants are expected to maintain harmony despite differences. A three-minute-and-thirty-second video showing some angry men demanding the church construction stop had recently gone viral on the internet. The protest apparently took place on Thursday on Jl. Malangsari in the Tlogosari Kulon subdist...