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

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22 2020   /  12:43 am

The Bandung Wetan office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter ordering evictees of Tamansari 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 Tamansari 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, previously promised...