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Monday, December 12, 2016

Bandung mayor demands group apologise for church raid

The mayor of Bandung, has ordered a hardline Indonesian Muslim group to apologise to a church in the Indonesian province for forcibly stopping its Christmas service last Tuesday.

According to a report by the Jakarta Globe, Ridwan Kamil posted a series of official notices demanding the Defenders of Ahlus Sunnah (PAS) apologise to Bandung’s Christian Revival Service (KKR) within seven days.

“If PAS ignores this notice, the Bandung administration will ban PAS from conducting any activity in the city,” the notice read, according to the daily.

The notices, according to the Jakarta Globe, were agreed upon following a meeting with local leaders, including clerics and the office of the religious affairs ministry in Bandung.

In the incident last week, the KKR was forced to cancel its Christmas service at the Sasana Budaya Ganesha (Sabuga), a popular auditorium in Bandung after a group of PAS members stormed into the building and broke up the service.

According to reports, protestors claimed the event was “illegal” as it was held at a public facility.

KKR has since confirmed claims that it had the correct permits to stage the celebration, and had also received a letter from police acknowledging the event.

The “raid” by PAS however did not sit well with Indonesia’s Muslim organisations which slammed PAS and vowed to protect Christians across the republic against hardliners ahead of Christmas.

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