Indonesia Police Evicts Christian Students

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By Worthy News Asia Service

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SETIA says it wants to returm to its facilities, which were taken over by an angry Muslim mob last year..

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (Worthy News)-- Hundreds of Christian students were searching for accommodations Saturday, October 31, after security forces evicted them from two sites in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.

The students from Arastamar Evangelical Theological Seminary (SETIA) were forced to leave locations where they had taken refuge after Muslim protesters drove them from their campus last year, Christians said.

The latest police raids began Monday, October 26, when students were evicted from a former West Jakarta municipal building, SETIA explained.

It came after some 700 students were expelled from the Bumi Perkemahan Cibubur campground, in Jajarta, Christians said.

At least 5 students were reportedly detained and 6 police officers injured in the skirmishes. The status of the students was not immediately clear Saturday, October 31.

MORE EVICTIONS

The evictions came as another setback for SETIA as the area was also used as its makeshift school, following the 2008 attack on its facilities by a Muslim mob.

Recently, the Indonesian Supreme Court ruled that ownership of land and the building belongs to a foundation. Following the ruling, the police cleared the site, despite the resistance of the young Christians.

Sukowaluyo Mintorahardjo, leader of SETIA, strongly denied that his institute falsified documents for the construction of buildings, as alleged by some Muslim officials. "It's a false and baseless charge," he said in remarks published by AsiaNews service. "We had all the permits from the outset”.

He said there were economic reasons behind the violence. "About 8 / 10 years ago a construction company approached us, and instead of engaging in a friendly deal - he explains - we were ordered to leave."

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

The Jakarta provincial government has offered to house students at city-owned office building in North Jakarta, but SETIA officials said was unfit for habitation. "A barn for water buffalo is much nicer than that place," SEITA Secretary Ronald Simanjuntak said in published remarks.

SETIA was founded in 1987 by Pastor Mathew Mangentang, church representatives said. It reportedly has over 29 branches across Indonesia, including in Jakarta.

The stand-off comes at a time when minority Christians have reportedly been the target of several attacks and obstructions in Indonesia, the world's most populated Muslim nation.

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2 thoughts on “Indonesia Police Evicts Christian Students

  1. Praying!

    "Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?"

    "The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined."

    "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth."

    "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts."

    "His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them."

    "He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.'

    "His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity."

    "He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor."

    "He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net."

    "He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones."

    "He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it."

    "Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble." Psalms 10:1-13

    • One Way

      "He that is not with me is against me:" Luke 11:23 (a)

      Or The Other

      "and he that gathereth not with me scattereth." Luke 11:23 (b)

      Men Take Their Stand

      "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
      And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
      Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
      And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:26-29

      Stand On God's Holy Word

      "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
      And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
      And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
      And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
      And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:" Matthew 7:24-28

      Believe

      "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25

      And Be Blessed Beloved

      Love, Joe

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