Violent protests in Indonesia screaming for a Sharia state

JAKARTA - Hundreds of protestors attacked the offices of Indonesian Home Ministry in Jakarta on Thursday, pressing the government to ban alcohol countrywide and to turn the country into an Islamic state.

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Indonesian Islamists stormed the Home Ministry complex in Jakarta and wreaked havoc inside

Indonesia is a secular state with no official religion. It is the most populous Muslim nation in terms of population, and most of its citizens are moderates. Radical Muslim groups however, have in recent years formed syndicates to raid bars, nightclubs and the office of Indonesia’s Playboy magazine.

Around 500 angry protesters, including members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and Islamic Peoples Forum (FUI), stormed government office complex in Jakarta to protest a proposal to revoke anti-alcohol rules, damaging a security post, carpark and glass panels before threatening to conduct sweeps on bars and beat up customers, Indonesian news agency Kompas reported on Thursday.

Indonesia has bylaws that regulate the sale of alcohol in the country. Under the regulations, alcohol is classified into three categories: A (with an alcohol content of 5% or less), B (above 5% to 20%) and C (above 20% to 55%). The sale of alcohol classified as B and C is limited only to places such as hotels and restaurants, while alcohol classified as A, such as beer, is being sold anywhere.

The new proposal to cancel the bylaw will allow sales of Class B and C alcoholic drinks elsewhere.

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Indonesian radical group FPI, guess who on the screen.

Protesters outside the interior ministry in the city’s main square wore white robes with the word “mujahideen” emblazoned on their shirts. “President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono must issue a decree to ban alcohol and to cut alcohol distribution in Indonesia to zero percent,” said FPI field coordinator Awit Mashuri.

“We will defend anti-alcohol bylaws and we will fight anything that is against the interests of Islam in Indonesia to make it a pure Islamic state,” Zulfi Syukur told the cheering crowd, many of whom pumped their fists in the air and shouted “jihad”, or holy war.

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Indonesia Home Ministry complex - aftermath

FPI wants to transform Indonesia into an Islamic state with Sharia as its legislature. The group has launched a series of violent vigilante attacks since 2000, with targets including the US embassy and nightclubs.

The Indonesia Home Ministry responded angrily to the attack, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said the ministry would evaluate both the the FPI and the FUI. If necessary, we will freeze them, he said. The Constitution may respect the right of these groups to exist, he said, but they need to obey the law. We have decided to take two courses of action, Gamawan said.

Though it is questionable whether any action will really be taken against the FPI. The Muslim organization is believed to have the backing of both the National Police and the military. The group’s growing aggressiveness is worrisome to human rights groups, who say that the Islamist organization is nothing more than a collection of nearly uncontrollable thugs.

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Critics say President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s attitude was reflected in the Oct. 7, 2010 appointment of Timur Pradopo, who has strong ties to FPI, as national police chief. Based on a Wikileaks report in the leaked US diplomatic cables, it was claimed the FPI receives funding from the police.

The FPI has often resorted to violence, ransacking bars, threatening pork sellers and attacking peaceful demonstrations. It has also tried to prevent Christian churches from being built in communities near Jakarta.

Indonesia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but the country has struggled to deal with a radical fringe of extremists who have carried out numerous attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

Transforming Indonesia into an Islamic state however, may prove challenging. Since its inception in 1945, Indonesia has been guided by a nationalist philosophical construct known as the Pancasila rather than a state religion. Any establishment of Shariah-inspired state may risk the secession of almost the entire Eastern Indonesia, most of them Christian-majority, and the famed island of Bali, which is 92% Hindu. Ethnic and religious tensions had resulted in the separation of East Timor into an independent country in 1999, and Indonesia currently has active secessionist movements in both Christian Maluku and West Papua.

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come on la…

can’t they concentrate on more important issues like food growing and stuff instead of this religious crap…
haii…

i’d like to see how they survive on religions…

This will cause economy to fall for sure…

[size=150]Who is Worst? Beer Drinkers, People in Karaoke or Violent Protesters/Osama worshipers ?[/size]

[size=150]Enuf said![/size]

[quote=“lasting99”][size=150]Who is Worst? Beer Drinkers, People in Karaoke or Violent Protesters/Osama worshipers ?[/size]

[size=150]Enuf said![/size][/quote]

haiya don’t be like that…they just want you to go to heaven bah, beer, disco and alcohol are the vices of sin, not good. can go to hell.

they just too caring, well in a wrong way…they want all of us to go to heaven bah, heaven…

[quote=“kakilepak”][quote=“lasting99”][size=150]Who is Worst? Beer Drinkers, People in Karaoke or Violent Protesters/Osama worshipers ?[/size]

[size=150]Enuf said![/size][/quote]

haiya don’t be like that…they just want you to go to heaven bah, beer, disco and alcohol are the vices of sin, not good. can go to hell.

they just too caring, well in a wrong way…they want all of us to go to heaven bah, heaven…[/quote]

wow, very noble of them, should i say thanks but no thanks?

If people really follow religion, surely this world is at peace already. No corruption, no killings, no wars, no sins at all.

[quote=“kakilepak”][quote=“lasting99”][size=150]Who is Worst? Beer Drinkers, People in Karaoke or Violent Protesters/Osama worshipers ?[/size]

[size=150]Enuf said![/size][/quote]

haiya don’t be like that…they just want you to go to heaven bah, beer, disco and alcohol are the vices of sin, not good. can go to hell.

they just too caring, well in a wrong way…they want all of us to go to heaven bah, heaven…[/quote]

Why “…beer, disco and alcohol…” are the vices of sin and not good.? Do you know it is proven that those things are very good for health?
Beer helps to neutralized some of the bad bacteria in the stomach. Disco give you good workout and improves heart power. Alcohol is
required to rub the skin before injection! Even Sex is good for us, without it there is NO HUMAN…!

BTW, take a good look at the pictures above, You want to spend eternity with those people in heaven and… do what ah in heaven?
and … psss…! [size=85]they don’t look like virgin to me![/size] If heaven is full of those Violent People and you want me to go there…
hummmm… I think I’ll pass… Besides, Achmed the dead terrorist said "…Osama didn’t find 70 virgins there but only one 70 years old virgin…! :cry: "
Muahahahha…

don’t be too sure about that…
where there is good, there is evil, where there is evil, there is good…

a balance must exist between this two… one cannot be absent without the other…

religion now used for personal gain

aye… sad but true…

So now they demand for conservative life?
No contact from outside world?

That’s not conservative at all to me. That’s extremism. Conservatives would teach you to learn to live along side others and respect others.

what evils, poverty can do to whipped up hysteria among the less educated masses.

By protesting and causing damages to properties for religion’s sakes can bring them to heaven? :shock: I doubt if god would open heaven’s door to them!

The extremist are not happy with their way of life. Since they can’t release tension because of their extreme beliefs (can’t drink, go enjoy, xxx), they have to let it go in another form (violence).

E=MC^2

[quote=“whatman”]The extremist are not happy with their way of life. Since they can’t release tension because of their extreme beliefs (can’t drink, go enjoy, xxx), they have to let it go in another form (violence).

E=MC^2[/quote]

every action have the same but opposite reaction, eh?
:slight_smile:

what they don’t realize is, by doing this, they will worsen their economy…
a simple case of, shoot now, handle any consequences later…

It’s ‘funny’ that a certain religion always resort to ‘violence’ to ‘force’ what they, ‘human’ wants…