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Indonesian president decries attacks on Christians, other religious minorities

Catholic World News - 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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