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Large Mob Vandalizes Indonesia Church

A church in Karawang Indonesia was attacked and vandalized by a mob of nearly five hundred last month shortly after being warned by local authorities to flee for safety
( [email protected] ) Nov 03, 2004 06:18 PM EST

A church in Karawang Indonesia was attacked and vandalized by a mob of nearly five hundred last month shortly after being warned by local authorities to flee for safety.

According to Voice of the Martyrs sources in Indonesia, on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 23, a group gathered in a home in Karawang, Indonesia for a choir rehearsal, in preparation for Christmas Eve. At around 9:00 p.m., a group of Muslims came to complain, evidently annoyed by the music. Nothing further happened that night.

The next evening, a police officer came to the Nusantara Indonesia Christian

Church and warned the pastor and his family to flee for their safety. After taking his family to the home of a church elder, the pastor returned fifteen minutes later to find approximately five hundred people surrounding the building and beginning to vandalize it. Again, he fled for his safety, but the destruction continued for two hours. As a result, the door and windows were damaged, the pews destroyed, and the sound system vandalized.

The next day, representatives from the mob met with local authorities to discuss the closure of this church.