Saturday, October 15, 2005

An Attack On Catholics In Indonesia

This was reported in AsiaNews:

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A group composed of Islamic extremists attacked Catholics praying the rosary on 11 October and threatened to burn down the house they were gathered in. The assailants, who claimed to be part of the Islamic Defender Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI), invaded the house of one of the Catholic community belonging to the parish of Christ Salvator in western Jakarta.

The men forced the marian prayer to stop immediately, threatening to burn the place down. They forced all those present including the Ketua Lingkungan (informal parish leader - ed. note) to sign a declaration that they will not hold any more rosary gatherings in houses in the area.

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You never appreciate your freedom of religion until you read stories like the above.

I've been to Jakarta's Airport on my way to Singapore in 1999. The presence of armed military/men/cops or whoever they were surpised me at the time. A very different atmosphere compared to the one at Singapore International Airport.
 

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