Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский      Azerice      Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 24/10/2017 05:22 
12.08.2017 13:13 News >> Buddhists Call On Indonesia To Protect Statue Of Deity

Buddhists Call On Indonesia To Protect Statue Of Deity

Protesters say 30 meter tall temple monument was built without permission.

Buddhists have called on the government to protect a 30-meter-tall (100-foot) statue of a Chinese deity after protesters demanded it be tore down.

The statue of Chinese god Kwan Sing Tee Koen inside a temple complex in Tuban, East Java province, has angered locals since it was erected last month.

They claim the garishly painted monument is at odds with Indonesian culture.

However, Abhinyano, chairman of the East Jakarta Buddhist Student Association, called on President Joko Widodo to protect the fierce-looking statue.

"We ask President Joko Widodo to protect the statue because it is a symbol of tolerance and freedom of religion in Indonesia," he told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Abhinyano, who follows the Indonesian practice of using just one name, said such demands could threaten other religious symbols that have stood for hundreds of years.

The protesters have said the statue was built without official permission.

It has now been covered in cloth. "We just want Indonesia to be peaceful," temple administrator Gunawan said.

Local media reported the president's office as saying the government would not give in to the protesters.

"When there is a demonstrator who asks for the statue to be torn down, the apparatus should not give in to their pressure," Chief of Staff Teten Masduki said, according to the Kompas news website.

Indonesia, which is home to the world's largest Muslim population, is officially secular and recognizes six religions.

However, recent tensions have tested the country's tolerant outlook. The Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, was jailed for two years earlier this year after being convicted of insulting Islam. -



        Latest News
Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea 12 minutes ago...
Defense ministers of the 10 member states of regional bloc reaffirm commitment to address security challenges in region.
Canada Wants US Cooperation On Border Crossers -18 minutes ago...
Countries also discuss what to do about Daesh fighters returning home.
Philippines: 18 More Communist Rebels Surrender 12 minutes ago...
Government pushes for programs that help ex rebels reform.
Philippines: 42 Terrorists' Bodies Recovered İn Marawi -18 minutes ago...
Government shifts effort to rehabilitation of city destroyed by five month war.
West And Central Africa Lead World İn Child Marriages 12 minutes ago...
Girls in region face highest risk of marrying in childhood, says report.

 
      Top News
Us: Cisco Acquires Broadsoft For $1.9 Billion Us: Cisco Acquires Broadsoft For $1.9 Billion
Nigeria: Fugitive Corruption Suspect Ordered Sacked Nigeria: Fugitive Corruption Suspect Ordered Sacked
Germany Oks Selling Nuke-Capable Submarines To Israel Germany Oks Selling Nuke-Capable Submarines To Israel
Moroccan Authorities Arrest 6 For Suspected Daesh Links Moroccan Authorities Arrest 6 For Suspected Daesh Links
Heads Of Arab Supreme Courts Convene İn Mauritania Heads Of Arab Supreme Courts Convene İn Mauritania
Maltese, Greek Envoys Present Credentials To Erdogan Maltese, Greek Envoys Present Credentials To Erdogan
Deputy Calls For Reinforcement Of Turkish Base İn Iraq Deputy Calls For Reinforcement Of Turkish Base İn Iraq
Over 400 Congolese Repatriated From Angola Over 400 Congolese Repatriated From Angola
Endobridge Celebrates Fifth Year İn Turkey Endobridge Celebrates Fifth Year İn Turkey
Pakistan: 8 Militants Killed İn Karachi Pakistan: 8 Militants Killed İn Karachi