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The leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic group says that while radical Muslim are not given enough attention by authorities, he will not say anything to them as it would be “divisive”.

Muslim leader says Indonesia radicals get too much slack

By Achmad Sukarsono

Reuters (02/09/06)

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Police and media in Indonesia , the world’s most populous Muslim country, are too lax in their treatment of radical Islamic groups and their violence, a leading moderate Islamic cleric said on Thursday.

But Din Syamsuddin, who leads the 30-million strong Muhammadiyah , Indonesia ‘s second largest Islamic group, said he would not confront those radicals due to fears it could be too divisive.

Radical Islamic groups constitute a tiny fraction of Indonesia ‘s more than 200 million Muslims but have a loud voice and strong visibility. In recent years they have been behind many boisterous protests and often violent attacks against those they perceive have offended Islam.

Their targets range from licenced bars in the capital and unlicensed Christian churches across the country to property of Islamic sects and Western missions.

This week the Indonesian versions of protests against Danish cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad included vandalism of the Danish embassy and Danish and U.S. consulate property.

Syamsuddin said the unruly actions of radical groups often are tolerated by authorities and win more media play than they deserve.

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