Angry Mob Forces Defenders of the Faith To Run For Their Lives
Ramadan Raiders Kill Pregnant Woman While Taking
Fight From Angry Mob
The head of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization called Monday for the disbanding of a hard-line Islamic group after a pregnant woman was killed in a car accident during illegal raids to curb prostitution during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Islamic Defenders Front, known by its Indonesia acronym FPI, has a long record of vandalizing nightspots, hurling stones at Western embassies and attacking rival religious groups.
“Their attitude does not reflect the teachings of Islam,” said Aqil Siradj, chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization. “We called on the government to disband the group that did this vandalizing.”
He said he regretted that the government has remained silent as hard-line groups shuttered Christian churches, attacked their worshippers and torched Ahmadiyah and Shiites mosques, which they consider heretical.
The latest incident occurred July 18 in Central Java’s Kendal town.
About 50 FPI supporters attempted to raid an area they
believed was allowing prostitution. While fleeing the scene
to escape an angry mob of local residents after vandalizing
businesses, one of their vehicles hit a couple on a motorbike,