Muslims burn churches in Indonesia

by OCP on February 11, 2011

in News

8/2/2011

Three churches were destroyed in the Indonesian city of Java in clashes which broke out after a verdict to a Christian who was accused of spreading anti-Muslim leaflets was passed, the Jakarta Globe reported referring to AFP.

Muslims burnt churches and clashed with police on Tuesday after the Christian, Antonius Bawengan was sentenced to 5 years in jail. The protestors demanded death penalty.

Violence against religious minorities has recently escalated in Indonesia. Last week members of the Islamic Ahmadiyah sect were attacked.

A tiny Armenian community in Indonesia was established in 19th century in the city of Java. Later on Armenians of Java moved to Singapore where the Armenian church was built.

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