Attack of Religious Leaders In Indonesia is Black Campaign: Official

By | February 16, 2018 Leave a Comment
By The Indonesianist
JAKARTA

A man attacked Santa Lidwina church in Yogyakarta city on February 11, 2018.

The recent case of attacks on some religious leaders in Indonesia is one part of a black campaign launched ahead of the 2019 Presidential Election, a top official has said.

Head of State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan said it had predicted and detected a black campaign would be more rampant in this political year.

Indonesia will hold simultaneous regional head elections in several regions in the country this year, and will end with presidential elections by 2019.

"The whole range has detected and predicted in this political year, 2018-2019, will rampant with black campaign," said Gunawan on Thursday in Jakarta as quoted kompas.com.

The form of black campaign covers several issues such as the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), religion, race, and political identity.

Budi urge people to be alert and not easily provoked and politicized by people with certain interests.

A number of violations against religious leaders have occurred in recent weeks. A man attacked the Church of Santa Lidwina in Yogyakarta province last Sunday when the  Christians was at Mass. The attack left four wounded, including a priest and a policeman.

At the end of January, a boarding school leader was persecuted by a man while he was praying in a mosque.

In early February, a video showed some residents denied the presence of a monk in an area in Tangerang District, Banten Province.
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