Indonesia: Moderate Muslim protesters beat down by mob of radical Islamists

by Infidelesto on June 1, 2008 · 0 comments

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This is just one of the reasons why Moderate Muslims won’t speak out…

They know they are the minority.

Radio Australia

Hundreds of members of a radical Islamic group armed with batons have clashed with moderate Muslims rallying for religious tolerance in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

About 100 members of the National Alliance for Religious and Faith Freedom gathered in central Jakarta to rally against a possible government ban on the minority Ahmadiyah sect, deemed deviant by religious authorities.

About 500 members of the hardline Front for the Defenders of Islam suddenly infiltrated the protest, attacking demonstrators with batons until about 50 policemen intervened.

The Ahmadiyah group, which has around 200,000 followers in Indonesia and has been in the country since the 1920s, believes Mohammad was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of Islam.

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