Angry mob: Members of the Islamic Defenders Front, shown here at a protest last year, have been accused of joining a mob that threw bags of urine at a Christian congregation in West Java. Picture: AFP AFP
A MOB of Islamic hardliners has thrown plastic bags filled with urine at an Indonesian church congregation.
The attack, during which stones and dirt were also hurled, occurred on Thursday as around 100 Christians prepared to hold a service at a church in Bekasi, a city on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.
Members of the Philadelphia Batak Christian Protestant Church have been targeted several times in recent years.
“They attacked when the priest started to speak to the congregation. A crowd of 600 people threw bags of urine and dirty water as they tried to push police,” a lawyer for the church, Judianto Simanjuntak, said.
“Police didn’t even try to disperse the crowd, so they were open to attack us.”
National police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution confirmed there was an incident and that “an investigation has started, although no one has been arrested”.