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09 February 2011

Central Java: Thousands of Muslims attack three churches, an orphanage and a Christian centre

Parish priest of Catholic Church badly beaten. A police vehicle torched and the court Temanggung destroyed. The wrath of the crowd unleashed over a blasphemy sentence deemed to lenient (5 years in prison instead
of death penalty).

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Thousands of angry
Muslims attacked three churches, a Christian orphanage and a health centre that
is also a Christian.
The violence took place this morning at 10 am
(local time) and only ended with the intervention of police in riot gear and
police vans.
One of the vans was set on fire by the crowd.

The revolt took place in Temanggung regency (Central Java), and
started right in front of the town hall: first the crowd attacked the court
where a trial against Richmond Bawengan Antonius, a Christian born in Manado
(North Sulawesi)
, accused of proselytizing and blasphemy was being

Bawengan was arrested in October 2010 because during a visit to
Temanggung he had distributed printed missionary material, which, among other
things, poked fun at some Islamic symbols.
The profanity has cost
him five years in prison, but the crowd were demanding the death sentence.
The violence was sparked by their dissatisfaction with the verdict.

Instead of leaving the court, the crowd started pushing, shouting
provocative slogans and then destroyed the building.
Hundreds of
police rushed in to intervene but failed to appease the thousands of Muslims who
began to march en masse to "target Christians" on the main street of the city.

The Catholic Church of St Peter and Paul on Sudirman Boulevard
was the first to be attacked, according to AsiaNews sources, the parish
priest, Fr
Saldhana, a missionary of the Holy Family,
was violently beaten as he tried to protect the tabernacle and the Eucharist
against the mob.

The crowd then attacked a Pentecostal church.
According to the pastor Darmanto - another Christian leader of
Temanggung - the main goal was the Pentecostal church, which was then burned.
The mob, however, still not appeased went on to destroy in a
Catholic orphanage and a health centre of the Sisters of Providence.

Another Protestant church in Shekinah was burnt down.

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All you write in your blog is correct.
We, Christians, both Catholics and Protestant, are persecuted here. Unfortunately, our government did nothing for us, they even made so many regulations discriminating us.
It's really hard to build our Church here. The only thing I can do besides praying is by disseminating this kind of news into a lot of news center like BBC, CNN, ABC, CBN, Fox, etc.

Irene, Semarang, Indonesia

Posted by: Irene | 12 February 2011

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