HOW MANY YRS THIS CULT TERRORISING INDONESIAN PEOPLE ?BOMB IN JKT BALI.CHURCHES SUFFERED FROM ALL THIS LUNATIC FOLLOWER?WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN INDONESIA?WHO IS BEHIND ALL THIS CULT?WELL REMEMBER THE REVOLUSION 1945?1965?PKI and DEMON IN TANAKA VISIT?AND BURNED THE SENEN SHOPPING CENTRE?CHINA TOWN?WELL THEY DID ENJOY LOOTING ALL THE PROPERTY AND RAPE SO MANY WOMEN AND KILLED SO MANY PEOPLE IN AMBON AND SULAWESI AND BURNED CHURCHES IN JKT MEDAN ETC.
WELL THIS YEAR MY PRAY JESUS GAVE THE ANSWERED THIS FPI CULT IS DOOMED FOR LAST TIME.but THE QUESTION IS WHY SO MANY VICTIM DIED FOR NOTHING AND THERE IS NO LAW IN INDONESIA?WHATS HAPPENING TO THE EDUCATED PEOPLE WHO CAN SEE AND CAN READ?WHY ARE THEY SO DUMB TO SPEAK UP?BUT ROY SIANIPAR HAD BOTH EYES LOOKING AT THE SITUATION AND FOLLOWING THE FPI MOVEMENT .
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INDONESIA Church Officials, Youths Of All Religions Condemn Attack On Interreligious Rally
June 9, 2008 | IJ05133.1501 | 690 words Text size
JAKARTA (UCAN) — The attack on an interreligious rally in Jakarta on the 63rd anniversary of Pancasila, the state ideology, is an affront to the nation, religious and youth leaders say.
Father Benny Susetyo, in charge of the Catholic bishops’ interreligious affairs commission, told UCA News on June 3 the government must suspend Islam Defenders Front (FPI, Indonesian acronym) for the June 1 attack.
On that day, around 500 FPI members attacked about 200 people, many of them women and children, at the National Monument for a rally of the National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion. Media reported that FPI members carried bamboo sticks and stones, injuring about 70 people, and that they believed the rally was in support of the Ahmadiyah sect.
A government team in April had recommended the sect be banned for teaching doctrines that deviate from Islam.
On June 4, police raided the FPI headquarters in Jakarta and detained 59 members. The next day, police detained FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab and six other members, local media reported. As of June 9, Shihab was still in police custody.
Father Susetyo, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, condemned the June 1 attack particularly because it happened on the day commemorating Pancasila (five principles), the state ideology. It comprises belief in the one and only God, a just and civilized humanity, the unity of Indonesia, democracy guided by the inner wisdom of consensus arising from deliberations among representatives, and social justice for all.
The priest called for FPI to be suspended in accordance with a 1985 law that allows the government to suspend the central board of a mass organization, pending furhter evaluation, if its acts are harmful to order and security. He maintained the attack has caused social anxiety and unrest.
Leaders of religious youth groups who spoke with UCA News agreed with Father Susetyo.
“FPI creates more harm than benefit for society,” said Ferry Panjaya, a Protestant. He called on religious leaders to calm their people, noting that an unidentified group had tried to attack the FPI office in Yogyakarta and youth groups of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest Muslim organization, have forced FPI to close down in other cities in Java.
Albert Siagian, general secretary of the Indonesian Christian Students Movement, agreed people must use constructive and civilized ways of expression. Kris Tan, head of Confucian Young Generation, said the June 1 attack violated human rights and Pancasila, and “threatens minority groups and the unitary state.”
Ronny Hermawan, general chairman of Indonesian Buddhist Young Generation, said the attack has disgraced every religion and damaged interreligious harmony. Nonetheless, he called on people not to take revenge.
Yusak Ismanto, central coordinator of Indonesian Movement for Humanity, told UCA News he thinks the attack was part of “a hidden agenda” to shift the people’s focus from the recent fuel-price increase.
Some Muslims who spoke with UCA News disagreed with the FPI actions. Mulyani Savitri said FPI’s “violent ways” insult the religion and “destroy the image of our nation.” Novianto, a senior high-school student, admitted being “afraid of FPI” because “in the public’s eyes, FPI is identified with violence.”
FPI member Zulfikri, 21, however, said he was obeying his chief’s command. “We must strictly act for the benefit of our religion,” he told UCA News just after the attack.
One of the people attacked was Ahmad Suaedy, executive director of Wahid Institute, a socioreligious research and advocacy group.
He recalled FPI people beat his head, chin and back with bamboo. “I could not run away because I had to protect my wife, some other women and a handicapped person in a wheelchair,” he said. “We demand the government bring the perpetrators to court … and disband (FPI),” Suaedy asserted.
Meanwhile, members of Yogyakarta Alliance for Peaceful Indonesia and Pancasila Defenders Society read out a statement in front of the provincial legislative council building in Yogyakarta, 430 kilometers southeast of the capital. They urged “the president, parliament and legal authorities to guard the state constitution, Pancasila and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia from groups who openly shake the very foundation of the state.”
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INDONESIA Christians Dialogue With Islam Defenders’ Front On Church Closings
INDONESIA Local Alliance Formed To Respond To Religious Intolerance
INDONESIA Youths Unite To Denounce Religiously Motivated Violence
Indonesian police have detained more than 50 members of a militant Muslim group for questioning over an attack on a rally for religious tolerance in the Indonesian capital Jakarta during the weekend. VOA’s Nancy-Amelia Collins in Jakarta has more.
Plain-clothed Indonesian police officers arrest member of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in Jakarta, 04 Jun 2008
Indonesia authorities detained 57 members of the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, after a raid involving around 2,000 police on the group’s headquarters and several houses in Jakarta on Wednesday.
On Sunday about a dozen people were injured, several seriously, after FPI members brandishing batons chased and beat people who were attending an interfaith rally calling for religious tolerance.
The attacks came after several speakers at the rally urged tolerance towards members of the Ahmadiyah, a minority Muslim sect that critics believe follow a “deviant’ form of Islam and should be banned.
The attacks outraged moderate Muslims, including members of the Liberal Islamic Network, or JIL.
JIL senior member Nong Darol called on the government to ban the FPI.
“We want that police do something like this to FPI members. I think the government should ban this organization,” said Darol.
On Monday, FPI leader Habib Rizhiq, called on his followers to prepare for war against Ahmadiyah and their supporters.
JIL leader Nong calls the FPI a criminal organization.
“In last Sunday’s demonstration, mostly our members is women and children, but FPI attack us and I think this organization is criminal, not a religious organization, but criminal organization,” said Nong.
The government, which has condemned Sunday’s attack, is looking into whether there is a legal case to ban the FPI.
The Islamic Defenders Front claims tens of thousands of followers. The group is best known for attacking bars and nightclubs during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
But in recent months they have also attacked mosques and buildings belonging to Ahmadiyah followers.
Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims. The vast majority practice a moderate form of the faith in this democratic, secular nation.
57 FPI members arrested over Indonesia rally attack
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Police arrested some 57 members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) on early Wednesday in connection with the Monas (National Monument) violence last Sunday.
FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq Shihab on the occasion also went to Jakarta Police Headquarters, saying he went to the Jakarta Police Headquarters at his own will to accompany his members and to make sure that the police would follow the proper procedures in treating the arrested FPI members.
“To FPI activists, please don`t panic because they will be accompanied by lawyers during the questioning,” Rizieq said before leaving the FPI headquarters at Petamburan III, Central Jakarta, for the Jakarta Police HQ.
Around 1,500 policemen went to FPI headquarters at Petamburan to detain FPI members involved in the Monas incident. The police also searched a number of houses near the FPI office to look for more suspects.
Rizieq earlier told his members to cooperate with the police who brought along pictures of FPI members who had been involved in the Monas incident. He also asked them to have courages accountability for what they had done.
Last Tuesday evening (June 3), Jakarta Police Chief Adang Firman made an ultimatum to 10 FPI members, who have been named suspects in the Monas incident, to surrender immediately. (*)
Thursday June 05, 2008
INDONESIA: ISLAMISTS THREATEN TO KILL CHURCH LEADER
Baptist congregation to try resolving dispute over worship place in court.
JAKARTA, June 5 (Compass Direct News) – Members of the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) in Tangerang, Banten province, confronted and threatened to kill church leader Bedali Hulu yesterday as he visited his elderly mother-in-law in a rented home formerly used as a meeting place for his congregation.
For the past 18 months Hulu’s Jakarta Baptist Christian Church (GKJB) in Pisangan village, Sepatan district has wrestled for the right to hold church services in the village. Members will soon take the matter to court in hopes of finding a permanent solution to the dispute.
Yesterday’s confrontation by the Muslim extremist FPI was the latest in a series of threats. Last week as the congregation held a simple meeting in a church member’s home – sharing a meal and singing a few hymns – FPI members arrived and repeated threats first issued in November to raid the homes of church members if meetings continued. (See Compass Direct News, “Islamic Groups Secure Closure of Two Churches,” December 3, 2007.)
Until January 2007, the congregation met in Hulu’s rented home. Following threats however, they began alternating meetings in various members’ homes.
Hulu established the church in June 2005 and held services in his home until December 2006 without objection from neighbors. He had obtained written permission from a local official to hold the services and the church was registered with Religious Affairs authorities.
When the church planned to hold a Christmas celebration in December 2006, however, FPI members began an extended intimidation campaign with the express goal of ending “illegal” Christian activity in the village.
Initially, the FPI sent a letter to the church warning it not to hold the Christmas program. Bedali immediately reported this to the police, who provided security during the celebration – but in subsequent disputes took the side of the FPI.
Hulu finally filed an official complaint in November 2007 after the FPI threatened to raid church members’ homes. Police, however, lost the document, forcing Hulu to file a second complaint this January.
Lawyer Djawadin Saragih advised Hulu to file a third complaint on May 21, citing continual harassment from FPI members.
Hulu has since moved to other rented accommodation, leaving his mother-in-law in residence in the original house used for church meetings.
FPI Threatens Church Members
On November 4, as children attended Sunday school at the church, a group of around 10 FPI members arrived and broke up the meeting. Hulu immediately reported this incident to police.
Hulu met with FPI leaders and local officials on November 8, but they reached no agreement.
On November 19, several FPI associates sent a letter to Hulu warning him and his family to leave the village within six days or the extremists would chase them out. Police advised Hulu to leave temporarily, but his wife and mother-in-law were allowed to remain.
When Hulu filed another police report, the police summoned him to a meeting at the home of FPI leader Habib Muhammad Assegaf. While Hulu and his wife met with Assegaf, a church member sent a text message informing them that a small mob had attacked the church, breaking windows and taking church property including a cross. The mob also forced Hulu’s mother-in-law to leave the building.
Hulu reported this incident to district police in Tangerang on November 22, who informed him that he could either return to Pisangan and cease all religious activity, or pursue the matter through legal channels. Weary of the constant pressure, Hulu filed an official complaint.
Pisangan FPI leader Ocit (known only by a single name) then demanded that Hulu withdraw his complaint or else FPI members would raid the homes of individual church members.
The threats in November were part of a long series of attempts to close down the church. On January 4, 2007, just a few weeks after the disputed Christmas celebration, a mob led by local FPI members surrounded the church during Sunday worship and demanded that it cease holding services as it did not have a full permit for a place of worship.
A Joint Ministerial Decree promulgated in 1969 and revised in 2006 requires a congregation of at least 90 adult members, the permission of at least 60 neighbors and a permit from local authorities to establish a place of worship. Church leaders say it is virtually impossible to obtain a permit under these terms.
In January 2007 the GKJB congregation had approximately 12 adult members and little hope of reaching 90. Hulu, however, had obtained written permission from a local official to hold services in his home.
He reported the January 2007 incident to police, who asked him to stop holding services. When he refused, FPI members forcibly locked the building and took the key.
En route to a meeting with Assegaf, police handed Hulu a sheet of paper listing the FPI’s terms for settling the dispute: that Hulu cease holding services in his home and the church apply for a full worship permit.
Under immense pressure, Hulu signed the agreement, and the church began holding services in different church members’ homes from week to week.
This practice continued until October last year, when FPI leader Ocit and associate Atang Kosasih again warned Hulu that they would not tolerate any illegal religious activity in the village.
In November, the congregation decided to relocate services to a nearby city while they pursued a case against the FPI.