Indonesia Christians seek action against Islamists

May Indonesia clamp down on these violent people and uphold freedom of expression.

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Christian leaders have urged the country’s president, Joko Widodo, to take action against a radical Islamist group.

This comes after a petition called for the disbandment of the group, which is accused of being responsible for a series of violent attacks against Christians.

The Christian leaders said the Islamic Defenders Front posed a “serious threat to national unity”.

The group was responsible for organising a series of mass rallies in Jakarta at the end of last year, in the wake of the blasphemy accusations that still surround Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (better known as “Ahok”), as he campaigns for re-election on 15 Feb.

“[His] case has attracted a lot of national and international attention and is seen as a test of religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nation,” says Thomas Muller, analyst at Open Doors, a global charity that supports Christians under pressure for their faith.

“Having…

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