February 11, 2011

Indonesian Man Who Filmed Ahmadi Lynchings In Danger (Updated: More Blaming The Victims)

Muslims are outraged, not by the lynch mob that brutally killed three Ahmadiyah men, but rather by the release of a video showing the savage attack.

From Agence France-Prersse via Jihad Watch:

JAKARTA - An Indonesian man who risked his life to film a mob brutally lynching members of his minority Islamic sect is in grave danger and has gone into hiding, rights activists said on Friday.

The harrowing video of Sunday's attack shocked the mainly Muslim nation and graphically illustrated rising levels of intolerance and violence directed at religious minorities such as the Ahmadiyah sect.

It showed police running away as hundreds of Muslim thugs screaming 'Allahu akbar' (God is greatest) attacked a house belonging to an Ahmadiyah leader.

Three sect members were stabbed, clubbed and stoned to death.

'There was a warning from the national police detective that if the man appears in public, his life could be in danger,' National Human Rights Commission deputy chairman Joseph Adi Prasetyo told reporters.

Of course, the man who video-taped the lynchings was just an Islamophobe trying to make Muslims look bad. Shame on him.

Updates below the fold.

[Update] (Also via Jihad Watch) The Indonesian Government is blaming the victims. There was, since 2008, a ministerial decree which forbids "Ahmadiyah followers from promoting their activities," which, apparently, the Ahmadis chose to ignore (all emphasis mine):

Mainstream Muslim groups accuse Ahmadiyah members of heresy, saying that they profess their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, to be the final prophet of Islam — a tenet that runs directly against Islamic beliefs that reserve that claim for Muhammad.

The accusation is disputed by the Ahmadiyah community, but this claim is largely behind the 2008 joint ministerial decree banning Ahmadiyah members from spreading its faith.

Activists say this decree gave cover for extremists to act out their hatred.

...Hazrul Azwar, a lawmaker from the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP), called for stronger action.

"The Ahmadiyah should be disbanded permanently, as long as the government is not strict enough the conflict is never going to end," he said.

The Ahmadis exist and, therefore, incite the religious conflict. But doesn't that pretty much sum up the conflict between Islam and all the rest of humanity?

[Update II] Two attackers have been detained. Officials are still blaming the victims. It has also come out that the police knew about the impending attack three days before the lynchings (again, emphasis mine):

Of five suspects identified in Sunday's deadly mob attack on an an Ahmadiyah community in Cikeusik district, Pandeglang, only two are in police custody, according to Banten Police Chief Brig. Gen. Agus Kusnadi. The other three, identified only as Banten "clerics," are still free because there is no strong legal basis to detain them.

...In addition, Agus insisted, as have other officials, that the attack on the Ahamdiya followers was "provoked" by the minority group in the face of an angry mob seeking to oust them from the village.

...“We didn't let it happen, we had anticipated it. The clash happened because there was provocation from the people who were attacked and the big number of attackers,” he said.

According to Agus, on Feb. 3, Pandeglang Police received an SMS saying there would be an eviction and disbandment of Ahmadiyah followers in Cikeusik by fundamentalist Muslims who object to the group's theology.

The attacks happened on February 6th. Authorities had three days to prepare for the impending conflict but did nothing except blame the victims:

At about 10 a.m., a mob of some 1,500 people came to Suparman's house. The Ahmadis inside the house, Agus said, provoked them and an attack was inevitable.

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Indonesia: Muslims Massacre Other Muslims Because They Are The Wrong Kind

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