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Jokowi calls for firm action against intolerance

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Batam   /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  12:57 am

In response to a question about protests against a church renovation in Tanjungbalai, Karimun, Riau Islands, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had called for firm action to ensure that religious freedom was upheld, while adding that such matters were the responsibility of regional administrations.“Our Constitution clearly protects the freedom for every citizen and their right to worship according to their beliefs,” Jokowi said in a press briefing at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.“I have instructed the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister and the National Police chief to take firm action against groups or people that disturb [people’s right to worship] according to the Constitution. Intolerance should not exist,” he added.The renovation of the 92-year-old Santo Joseph Catholic Church in Karimun, Riau Islands, was halted last wee...