Glimt fra et moderat islamisk land…

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – More than 3,500 Christians have protested in Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian Papua, against the introduction of sharia, Islamic law, in the region.

The demonstration of a few days ago was organized by the Indonesian Christian Communication Forum, and took place to the cry of “Papua Pancasila, yes. Papua Syariat Islam, no!”. Pancasila, literally “the five basic pillars”, is the official ideology of the state founded on modern democratic principles like freedom of expression and of religion. Recently in Jakarta there has been talk of introducing sharia in Indonesia. The Christians of the province object that Papua enjoys special legal autonomy, which would prevent the introduction of such law without local approval.

The demonstrators went to the offices of the provincial government, where Tedjo Suprato (who is standing in for the governor Barnabas Suebu, a Catholic, in Mexico on official business) reassured them that Islamic law will not be adopted in Papua.

45 Christian leaders of Jayapura took part in the demonstration, criticizing the implementation of the special legislative autonomy granted to the region seven years ago, which – as pastor Richard Paay said – “has not brought any significant improvement to our lives”, or eliminated the serious poverty of the indigenous peoples. One placard read: Regional Autonomy Law: A blessing or a disaster?

“For seven years”, Paay continued, “local people who mostly live in poverty have heard about trillions of rupiah (to be distributed to them), but many Papuans still die due to poor sanitation. Where does the money go?”.

Indonesian Papua is rich in natural resources and raw materials, like oil and gold. The central government is discussing the possibility of transferring people from highly populated areas, like the island of Java, to Papua. But these are majority Islamic areas, and it is feared that the arrival of this population could alter the current religious situation of the island.

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  1. Målrettet etnisk erobring:

    Efter faldskærmstropper fra det på flere tusinde kilometers afstand beliggende Indonesien invaderede den daværende hollandske koloni Ny Guinea var blevet verfet ud af den hollandske hær, fik Indoneserne derefter landet som en slags gave efter pression via FN fra USA i bytte for oliekontrakter og militærbaser til USA. De indfødte blev ikke spurgt.

    Derefter fyldte den Indonesiske regering landet op med hovedøen Javas overskudsproduktion, hvorefter de indfødte papuaer blev et mindretal (takket være de hollandske missionærer var de kristne, for så vidt man kan tale om det når det angår et stenalderfolk)

    Den muhamedanske og altid vildt overreproducerende befolkning af hovedøen Java har på samme måde fordrevet mange af de oprindelige beboere fra de andre øer der udgør øriget Indonesien eller reduceret dem til mindretal ved en målrettet koloniseringspolitik.

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