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Church condemns disruption of party
Local police 'surrendered' to radical group that stopped children's function
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- May 19, 2011
The May 16 program, attended mostly by schoolchildren, was disrupted by 20 people from the Movement against Conversion and Cult (Gapas) claiming that the programâ€™s organizers had no permission to organize the program.
But when an organizer said he had informed local police about the program, the radical groupâ€™s head then called local police and asked them to break it up.
â€śWe condemn the radical act which is against our constitution,â€ť Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the bishopsâ€™ Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said yesterday.
The 1945 Constitution guarantees religious freedom and also freedom of religious activities, he said. â€śIt is the stateâ€™s problem. The leaders, however, fail to uphold the constitution."
Activists from the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace also condemned the radical groupâ€™s act. â€śGapas committed such intolerance acts many times, including those against Ahmadiyah sect members in Kuningan, Cirebon, and other religious groups,â€ť said Hendardi, the instituteâ€™s executive director.
He continued that local policeâ€™s surrender to the group lessened the dignity of law enforcement officers.
He also warned that if such situations continued, intolerance would be widespread and the state would lose its prestige.
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