Saturday, March 25, 2017

Muslims Protest Cath.Church Indonesia; Police Fire Tear Gas at Rock-Throwing Protesters

Indonesian police fired tear gas yesterday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta, the ABC News website reports today (March 25, 2017).

Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged a rowdy demonstration in front of the Santa Clara Church in Kaliabang, a neighborhood of Bekasi City.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to force their way into the church, which has been under construction since November. Some also threw rocks and bottles into the site.

Raymundus Sianipar, a Catholic priest, said police asked him to leave the area for safety reasons.

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