BEKASI, Indonesia – About two dozen Ahmadis remained camped inside their mosque in Bekasi Sunday (April 7th), refusing to leave until the local government lifts its ban on using the building as a house of worship, local media reported.
The Al-Misbah Mosque was sealed Thursday by authorities on the ground that it lacked official permits. Initially, 50 Ahmadis managed to access the property through a back fence and have been sustained by others who bring food and water, according to The Jakarta Post.
Congregation members are willing to stay indefinitely because they feel responsible for the assets in the mosque, including the mosque itself, Metrotvnews.com reported.
An estimated 15 police officers are guarding the area in West Java.