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Indonesia: Ahmadiyah followers evicted again

“We have reported the matter to the regent, and next Friday he will conduct Friday prayers in Ketapang and provide guidance to residents. There’s no decision whatsoever now, but we have asked the Ahmadiyah members to leave Ketapang to prevent untoward matters from happening.”

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By Panca Nugraha | November 20, 2010

West Lombok: Members of the Ahmadiyah sect, who returned to their homes in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, a few months ago after being evicted, were evicted once again on Friday following pressure from local villagers.

Dozens of Gegerung villagers converged at the village office on Friday and urged the village chief to immediately evict the Ahmadiyah members from Ketapang hamlet.

They voiced objection to the presence of the Ahmadiyah members to the Gegerung village chief, the Lingsar district head and police chief.

During the meeting held at the Gegerung village office, located around 3 kilometers from Ketapang hamlet, a number of Ahmadiyah followers began leaving their homes, especially women and children.

Most of the men stayed until noon on the grounds that they were protecting their belongings.

The Ahmadiyah members, made up of 12 families, or 45 people, eventually agreed to leave their homes before Friday prayers after officials from the village administrative office and police assured the safety of their belongings.

They took with them household utensils that they could carry on motorcycles and returned to the displaced persons shelter at Wisma Transito in Mataram.

Gegerung village chief Sahudin told reporters the Ahmadiyah members returned to Ketapang six months ago, but they did not report their presence to the village administrative office.

The local villagers deemed the returning Ahmadiyah members a disturbance.

“The residents are resolute and rejected their return. We have coordinated on the issue with the regent.

For the time being, we ask the Ahmadiyah members to return to their shelter at Wisma Transito and vacate their homes in Ketapang so as to avoid undesirable incidents,” said Sahudin.

He added that after the meeting with residents, he and the Lingsar Police chief immediately reported the residents’ demand to West Lombok Regent Zaini Arony.

“We have reported the matter to the regent, and next Friday he will conduct Friday prayers in Ketapang and provide guidance to residents. There’s no decision whatsoever now, but we have asked the Ahmadiyah members to leave Ketapang to prevent untoward matters from happening,” he said.

The 45 Ahmadiyah members in Ketapang are part of the 36 families, or 127 Ahmadiyah members, staying at Wisma Transito.

The Ahmadiyah members, who were initially evicted from their village in February 2006, were forced to return to their homes in Ketapang because they had been staying at the Wisma Transito shelter without any certainty about their fate.

“We are willing to leave if asked, but please pay attention to our problem. We also want to lead a normal life like other people,” said Ahmadiyah member in Ketapang, Sarim Ahmad, 45.

Sarim and the other families returned to Ketapang three months ago. They returned to till their land and rear chickens because they have not received social assistance at the Wisma Transito shelter for the past two years.

He urged authorities to assure the safety of their belongings they left behind in Ketapang, because they had often lost chickens.

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Indonesia: Ahmadiyah Families Again Forced to Flee in Lombok

On Friday, …, following complaints from villagers opposing their presence in Gegerung, local authorities raided the homes of the remaining Ahmadiyah families, forcing them to flee once again with their belongings.

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By Jakarta Globe | November 20, 2010

Jakarta. More than four years after they were forced out of their village in West Lombok by their neighbors, 12 Ahmadiyah families are once again on the run.

Some 50 followers of Ahmadiyah, a minority Islamic sect, have been living in Gegerung village for the past three years — returning a year after they were first chased away when hard-liners attacked their homes in February 2006.

Twenty-two other families who fled Gegerung have since been living at a temporary shelter in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara and main city on Lombok Island.

On Friday, however, following complaints from villagers opposing their presence in Gegerung, local authorities raided the homes of the remaining Ahmadiyah families, forcing them to flee once again with their belongings.

The head of the Lingsar subdistrict, who led the raid, said he was bowing to popular demand and opposed any move by the Ahmadiyah families to return to their homes. Although he called on villagers not to resort to violence, one house was set on fire during the protest.

Once again, the evicted families have had to return to the shelter in Mataram, a former dormitory for hajj pilgrims in transit.

Ahmadiyah communities have been the target of attacks by hard-line Muslims in several regions, mostly in Lombok and West Java, in recent years. They claim to also face continued discrimination, having difficulties obtaining jobs and processing official paperwork.

Followers of Ahmadiyah, a sect founded in India in 1889, profess that the group’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was the Messiah, a belief that is contested by mainstream Muslims.

Ahmadiyah representatives have in the past had to dismiss unsubstantiated claims the group does not believe Muhammad was the last prophet and does not consider the Koran its holy book.

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