Monday, October 23, 2006

Security tight in East Nusa Tenggara

The East Nusa Tenggara Police will deploy 10,000 officers, to be assisted by the military, law and order policemen and church youths, to safeguard Idul Fitri celebrations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kupang and other East Nusa Tenggara cities.
East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Comr. Marthen Radja said Saturday that the security operation, codenamed "Ketupat Komodo", would be focused on the mosques and open fields where Muslims would be saying their Idul Fitri prayers.
"We will deploy 10,000 personnel. Principally they will be stationed at all mosques and city centers. The security condition in the province has thus far been under control," Marthen said.
Besides the security at mosques, the police will also secure other places prone to disturbances, he said.
"We want the Muslims to celebrate Idul Fitri securely and peacefully," he said.
All major roads, bus terminals, seaports and the airport will be tightly guarded to facilitate transportation and activities among local people during the Idul Fitri festivities, he added.

Every year here in North Sulawesi, Christians are deployed to assist in maintaining security for the Muslim celebrations of Idul Fitri and Idul Adha. In reciprocation, Muslims help maintain security during Easter and Christmas celebrations by Christians. This is how religious harmony and respect works.

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