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Indonesians struggle to put religious tolerance into action

Indonesians struggle to put religious tolerance into action

Updated 14 February 2012, 16:19 AEDT

On Saturday, hundreds of ethnic Dayaks in the Central Kalimantan region of Indonesian Borneo stormed an airport to protest against the arrival of a delegation from the hardline Islamic Defenders Front.

Known locally as the FPI, the Islamic Defenders Front has been known to raid nightclubs that sell alcohol and food stalls that operate during Ramadan.

The resistance to the Islamic Defenders Front may be starting to spread to the capital.

A group calling themselves the Movement for an FPI-free Indonesia will hold its first public meeting today, asking people to speak out against violence and intimidation carried out by hardline religious groups.

The issue of religious intolerance has hit the news quite a bit recently, especially in terms of attacks against the Amadiya sect of Islam whose members have been attacked by hardline Muslims.

A recent survey conducted by the People's Consultative Assembly and Syarif Hidayatullah University in Jakarta has found an interesting disconnect between the theory and practice of religious tolerance.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Eva Kusuma Sundari, MP with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle

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