Bekasi Jihadist Jerks Amok – Police Tear-Gas Hate-Gang!
Having once, regrettably, lived in Bekasi, I was not greatly surprised to read that the cops there had to fire tear-gas yesterday to break up a savage sectarian mob,
The city is really nowadays just a suburb of Jakarta, though with its own mayor and regent and other trappings of municipal authority…
….positions all too often held by fanatics or those eager to pander to fanatics, fanatic being a more accurate word for the sort of vile brutes whom the Jakarta Post delicately describes as hard-line Muslim.
Beksai intellectuals articulate deep philosophical objections to religious liberty
On the other hand, while evil bigotry in those parts is no surprise, it is in fact refreshing to see the police taking sensible steps against them. Bekasi cops have not always been above reproach.
It’s fair to say that the foul savagery which has characterised the Islamist bigots of Bekasi (located in West Java Province) has shocked even me, from time to time.
Just beside Jakarta, top left of map
Their intolerance of fellow-citizens who worship God Almighty in ways different from their own —
— is hard for normal people to understand but that’s what yesterday’s mayhem was all about.
The rabble – after Friday prayers, we’re told – ran amok because they think local Catholics should not be allowed to complete construction of the Santa Clara Church.
We’ve covered this continuing saga of sectarian hatred before, just over a year ago.
According to the JP, hundreds of hollering freakos – fresh from prayers, remember – coordinated by the ludicrously named Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship showed up and tried to force their way into the church, emphasising their commitment to selective Friendship by hurling rocks and bottles.
Those are dangerous things to throw, so the police were surely very restrained to use only tear-gas to disperse them.
Some people might think live ammo would have been a proportionate response.
Whatever, it seems to be the case that Ismail Ibrahim, a cleric and organizer of the protest, feels no shame about his fan-club’s thuggery. He told the media they would not disperse until authorities met their demand to cancel the church’s construction permit.
Please note, the Santa Clara Church has gone through the very rigorous process of getting government permission to build their place of worship. Even the very sternly Islamic mayor there endorsed their right to go ahead.
- Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi
“The mayor signed the construction permit of the church because all the requirements are met. [The permit] is issued according to procedures..” http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/hardline-group-demands-bekasi-stops-church-construction/