Govt of Indonesia to celebrate Religious Harmony Day
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the inaugural Religious Harmony Day at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday amid a number of cases of religious intolerance that marred 2013.
Head of the organizing committee, Kamaruddin Amin, said the event, which was initiated by the Religious Affairs Ministry, would not only be celebrated in Jakarta, but also in 17 other provinces.
“Around 70,000 people will join a walk from Monas to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Sunday morning. Vice President Boediono is scheduled to open this event at around 6:30 a.m.,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
Ahmadis nationwide are still banned from practicing their faith publicly and dozens of Shiites are still unable to return to their homes in Sampang, Madura, after more than a year of being displaced in their own country.
Source: themuslimtimes.org (Jan. 5, 2014)