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Jakarta Post

Lengthy requirements, protests continue to challenge minority religions

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 4, 2020   /  12:55 pm
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Members of the Protestant church GKI Yasmin make a Christmas tree from sticks to celebrate Christmas in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta . (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The year 2019 saw adherents of minority religions continue to struggle to exercise their beliefs, including as they tried to establish places of worship in many areas of the country. The issue was raised again over Christmas when Christians in West Sumatra were banned from holding Christmas service and followers of Assemblies of God Church (GSJA) in Jambi had to celebrate Christmas outside of their sealed church. But those were not the only incidents to take place in 2019. In January last year, locals in Griya Martubung, Labuan district, Medan, North Sumatra held a demonstration against a house in their neighborhood being used to accommodate a Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) congregation. A similar event occurred in Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau, when a group of people proposed a petition to reject the establishment of a church, managed by Pentecostal Church of Indonesia (GP...