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Poll sparks chapel burning rampage
Buildings not the focus of attack as mob protests against vote processA chapel burns during yesterdayâ€™s rampage (photo:Tempointerkatif.com)
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- April 12, 2011
A chapel and several houses were razed yesterday when hundreds of people went on a rampage because they were dissatisfied with the results of a vote-counting meeting of members of the General Election Commission.
â€śWe condemn and regret the actions, because the chapel had nothing to do with the regional election,â€ť said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference (KWI).
â€śWe do not want innocent people to become victims,â€ť he said. He hoped that all parties could accept any results of the regional election.
â€śHarmony must be upheld,â€ť he maintained.
Father Leonardus Mali, who heads the Commission for Justice and Peace of the archdiocese of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, agreed. The violent actions were results of the stateâ€™s ignorance about certain groups. â€śSuch ignorance must not exist,â€ť he maintained.