Indonesia: Yasmin Services Disrupted

Monday, January 30, 2012

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (Worthy News)-- A mob of Muslims disrupted the worship services of about 100 members of a GKI Yasmin congregation that were being held at a member's home in Bogor, West Java on Sunday.

"We were conducting our worship at one member's home before people from Forkami and Garis came to our place," Yasmin spokeswoman Dwiati Novita Rini told The Jakarta Post.

Dwiati said she did not know why Forkami, the Muslim Communications Forum, and Garis, the Islamic Reform Movement, were disrupting the Yasmin service, but earlier 50 Public Order Agency officers also tried to stop their worship.

"The Satpol PP came around 9 a.m. and were trying to stop our activity because they didn't want any clashes to happen," she said.

The congregation peacefully finished the service around 10 a.m.; the demonstrators from Forkami and Garis left an hour afterwards.

Citing permit application problems, the Bogor City administration had already barred the Yasmin congregation from conducting religious services for more than two years, defying a 2010 Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing the congregation's right to hold services at its church building.