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MUI orders evictees to vacate mosque, return it to 'its proper function'

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  03:35 pm
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Bandung Public Order Agency workers demolish dozens of buildings in Taman Sari subdistrict, Bandung, West Java on Dec. 12, 2019 to make way for a housing project.(JP/Arya Dipa)

The Bandung Wetan office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter ordering evictees of Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java to leave a mosque they have been using as a shelter to “return the place of worship to its proper function.” One of the evicted residents, 45-year-old Eva Aryani Effendi, said she and 57 residents of community unit (RW) 11 of the subdistrict had been taking shelter temporarily in Al-Islam Mosque in Taman Sari after authorities evicted them and demolished their homes They were forcefully evicted on Dec. 12 as the city administration is planning a rumah deret (row houses) project in the area. The eviction led to a clash between security personnel and residents who refused to be relocated. The rumah deret project began while former Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil was in office. Ridwan, who currently serves as West Java governor,...