BEKASI, Indonesia – The city government demolished a Protestant church in front of dozens of weeping congregants Thursday (March 21st), as Muslim protesters egged on workers and called the Christians "infidels", AFP reported.
Members of the 100-strong congregation accused the government of "criminalising our religion", and complained of growing intolerance in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.
"My heart is aching ... our church can collapse but not our faith. We will continue to come here for Sunday Mass," a tearful woman told AFP.
The Bekasi government ordered the demolition, saying the church was built in October 2012 without a legal permit.
As bulldozers knocked down walls, police ran off 200 Muslim women who sneaked onto the church land to chant Qur'anic verses.