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Feb 13 22:01
Ahmadiyah Followers Complain To House, Threaten to Seek Asylum
Jakarta (ANTARA News) — A number of Ahmadiyah sect followers from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province here Monday sought protection from the House of Representatives` faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party- Struggle (PDI-P) over arsonist attack against their houses recently.
The Ahmadiyah followers said if they could not have protection from from the government, security apparatus and the parliament, they would seek political asylum from Canadian and Australian government.
The Sect followers who expressed their request in a dialogue with the PDI-P faction, even threatened to seek protection from the United Nations if they could no longer get protection from the law in Indonesia.
Their request for protection was received by deputy chairman of the PDI-P faction Gayus Lumbuun, the faction secretary Jacobus Mayong Padang and the faction member Elva Hartanti.
With tears and complaint in the dialogue, the Ahmadiyah followers claimed their houses were torched during the arsonist attack, adding that they really need protection from the government and security personnel.
Previously, Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda said the wish of Ahmadiyah sect followers to seek asylum overseas was unnecessary as the government would provide protection for them.
“The reason to seek asylum is baseless. The decision made by Ahmadiyah followers may only reflect the emotion of people who felt that they were not protected,” the minister said at the courtyard of the Merdeka palace, recently.
Wirajuda said the Indonesian government notably the police would continue protecting the Ahmadiyah followers.
The government has banned the Ahmadiyah, a splinter group of Islam, which believes in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet after the Prophet Mohammad. (*)