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Indonesians rally in support of Islamic sect


Indonesians rally in support of Islamic sect
May 06, 2008

The sect has around 200,000 followers in Indonesia (File)

Protesters display placards during a pro-religious freedom demonstration in JakartaJAKARTA (AFP) — Hundreds of supporters of a minority Islamic sect dubbed heretical by a government panel rallied here Tuesday demanding that religious freedom is protected in the world’s biggest Muslim country.

Representatives of the minority Ahmadiyah sect as well as mainstream Muslims and Christians gathered in central Jakarta to urge the government to reject a proposed ban on the sect.

“We are here to show to Indonesia, to the world, that Indonesians love peace. To show that there are more Indonesians who love peace than those who don’t,” an organiser told the crowd.

The more than 500 demonstrators carried banners in support of religious freedom and against any effort to ban Ahmadiyah. Some of the banners read “Stop religious fascism” and “Stop violence in the name of religion.”

A man holds up a placard during a pro-religious freedom demonstration in JakartaIslamic scholar Siti Musdah Mulia told the rally that a ban on Ahmadiyah would be “inviting disaster” for the nation, and warned of the growing influence of “robed thugs” and strict Wahabist interpretations of Islam.

The rally stopped at the UN mission and some of the protesters met officials from the world body.

“We are not here to make a demand, we are only here to draw their attention… It is their duty to make sure that the international covenants guaranteeing religious freedom are respected,” Mulia said.

The Coordinating Body for Monitoring Religions and Beliefs – a panel set up during the Suharto dictatorship – last month recommended the government ban Ahmadiyah due to its unorthodox Muslim faith.

The sect, which has around 200,000 followers in Indonesia and has been established in the country since the 1920s, believes Mohammad was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of Islam.

Tensions have grown since the panel proposed the ban, with some hardline Muslims calling for an immediate crackdown on the sect and a mob setting fire to an Ahmadiyah mosque in West Java.

Twelve men have been charged over the incident and will face trial.

Human rights activists have said the issue raises questions over Indonesia’s image as a moderate and tolerant Muslim country which constitutionally guarantees religious freedom.

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