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Shia villagers forced out by Sunnis in Indonesia

Shia villagers forced out by Sunnis in Indonesia

Posted 3 January 2012, 21:41 AEST

Several hundred Shia muslims in Indonesia have been forced to flee their village after Sunni muslims set fire to several buildings.

351 Shia are now being sheltered in a sports stadium after their mosque, religious school and three houses at Nangkernang in eastern Java were burned by Sunni people on Saturday.

Those responsible reportedly threatened to kill the Shia villagers because they believe it is a heretical form of islam.

Ruby Khalifa, spokeswoman for AMAN, the Asian Muslim Action Network, says this incident is part of a disturbing trend towards greater religious intolerance in Indonesia.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker:Ruby Khalifa, spokeswoman for the Asian Muslim Action Network in Indonesia

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