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Christmas spirit: Christians top victims of intolerance in West Java JAKARTA - An organisation run by Indonesian Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama said that West Java tops reports of religious intolerance. Christians top the list of victims, followed by the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect.

"From 81 cases reported on religious intolerance, 49 cases, or 61 percent, took place in this province," Moderate Muslim Society (MMS) chairman Zuhairi Misrawi said at the Tolerance and Intolerance Report 2010. According to MMS data, cases of intolerance in West Java this year increased more than four times to 49 incidents, up from 11 in 2009.

Most cases occurred in the areas of Bekasi, Bogor, Garut and Kuningan. "All of the victims of intolerance in Bekasi are Christians," Zuhairi said. Christians were barred from performing masses, their houses of worship were sealed and some Batak Christian Protestant Church members were attacked, he added. The Batak Christian Protestant Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Indonesia.

Christians were also the victims in seven of the 10 incidents of intolerance documented in Bogor. "In Garut and Kuningan the victims of intolerance were members of Ahmadiyah," Zuhairi said. Zuhairi attributed mounting intolerance to inaction of local authorities in West Java.

"There are also increasing numbers of groups acting violently in West Java. They need to be brought to dialogue to understand diversity," Zuhairi said. Zuhairi called on the government to take stern actions toward the perpetrators of violence. "Otherwise people will suspect that the government has deliberately protected extremist groups," he said.


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