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Residents attack church in Bekasi

ICC Note:

Update on the Church attack last Friday in Indonesia

By Hasyim Widhiarto

12/18/09 Indonesia (The Jakarta Post) – A group of residents attacked a church under construction in Harapan Indah residential complex, Bekasi, West Java, on Thursday evening, causing damage to several buildings.

No one was injured in the incident.

The chairwoman of the church construction committee, Kristina Maria Rantetana, said the incident happened at around 10.45 p.m. on Thursday.

“I saw around 1,000 people wearing white robes marching to the church. When they arrived, they started throwing rocks at the church,” she told kompas.com on Friday.

“Some of them entered the church complex and started a fire.”

Kristina said she immediately reported the incident to the police. Several officers had arrived shortly afterward, but could not do anything to control the crowd.

The incident finally ended at around midnight when around 100 police officers from Bekasi Police arrived.

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