Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Church burned and President asks to find root cause of violence in Poso

Gee Mr President, that should be a no-brainer. Starts with an 'M' and are followers of the largest religion in Indonesia. Now that you know the root cause, do something to stop the violence!

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Home Affairs Ministry to gather as much information as possible in an effort to seek the root cause of the high incidence of violence in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso. Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf spoke about the President`s request while attending an "open-house" function at Vice President Jusuf Kalla`s official residence in Jakarta on Tuesday. "The president wants us to solve the Poso problem peacefully. Of course, we have to reevaluate the real cause of the recent incidents," the minister said.

That's a polite way of sidestepping the use of the 'M' word. Let me say it for you..... Muslims. Or Militants. Ask Brimob who attacked them the other night with stones and Molotov cocktails.

According to Ma`ruf, his ministry would cooperate with other related institutions, including the police, to find the root cause of the conflict in Poso. In addition, he said the Home Affairs Ministry would also hold dialogs with the local community and religous figures. "The dialogs will be conducted to inventorize the real causes of the problem," he said. In Poso early Tuesday morning, the Eklesia church on Jalan Pulau Seram was gutted by fire. According to information from Poso, the fire which started somewhere inside the church at 00.20 am was brought under control in less than two hours. There was no report of casualties in the incident.

Protestant Eklesia church has been attacked previously on countless occasions by Muslims during the conflict and is always in a constant state of being repaired from fire or bomb attacks. It seems like it is a major target for Muslims to attack. A bomb previously went off outside the church just three weeks ago.

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