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Indonesian president decries attacks on Christians, other religious minorities

August 26, 2013

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, the nation with the largest Muslim population, has lamented attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, according to a Fides news agency report.

“We cannot justify the imposition of religious beliefs on a minority,” he said in a speech. “Every citizen must respect the constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion … It is urgent to avoid clashes and violence, which can disturb peace in our society and our national unity.”

The nation of 249 million is 86% Muslim, 6% Protestant, 3% Catholic, and 2% Hindu.


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