Religious freedom has been tenuous in Indonesia of late, and this week hundreds of religious minorities protested in Jakarta, demanding that the president do more to protect their rights. After attacks on churches, prayer gatherings and mosques of a small Islamic sect, minorities are directing their frustration at Islamic hard-liners, with one protestor saying, "We're tired of being harassed and attacked. We have the right to pray just like any other religious community. If anyone tries to stop us, we're ready to fight” (Associated Press reports). The Jakarta Post weighs in.
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