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Senior FPI Officials Booted Out of Palangkaraya | the Jakarta Post

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13/02/2012 12:25Senior FPI officials booted out of Palangkaraya | The Jakarta PostPage 1 of 2http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/02/11/senior-fpi-officials-booted-out-palangkaraya.html
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Senior FPI officials booted out of Palangkaraya
Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 02/11/2012 9:53 PMHundreds of protesters from the local community in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, staged a protest onSaturday at the Tjilik Riwut airport to block the arrival of four senior leaders of the Islamic hardline group IslamDefenders Front (FPI).Some of the protesters, largely from the Dayak tribe, managed to force their way onto the airport’s apron andrunway to search for the FPI officials, who came to Palangkaraya to inaugurate the provincial branch of theorganization.Following the security breach, management of the airport ordered the FPI members to remain on board a Sriwijaya Air plane while other passengers disembarked. The four FPI members were then flown to Banjarmasin in SouthKalimantan.The protesters dispersed only after they were assured by the airport operator that none of the FPI members hadgot off the plane.Initial reports said that FPI chairman Habib Rizieq Syihab, was on the plane.Secretary general of FPI Ahmad Sobri Lubis denied the report, saying that Rizieq was not bound for Palangkaraya.“Habib was not on the plane. He was in Jakarta and is currently ill,” Ahmad told
The Jakarta Post 
in a telephoneinterview on Saturday.In fact, it was Sobri who led the four-person delegation to Palangkaraya. “I was the one who boarded the flight toPalangkaraya,” he said.He confirmed that there were three other senior members of FPI on the plane, who later ended their journey inBanjarmasin.“The plane was surrounded by Dayaks at the [Tjilik Riwut] airport,” he said.Sobri said the four FPI members were going to attend a mass prayer in the city and the inauguration of a provincialchapter of the organization, headquartered in Palangkaraya.Lucas Tingkes, deputy chairman of the Central Kalimantan Dayak Tribe Council (DAD) said that the organizationhad asked the Central Kalimantan Police to ban the FPI provincial chapter.“We have concerns that FPI’s presence will create tension because the organization’s activities often createanxiety among members of the community. Central Kalimantan is known as a place conducive to religiousharmony,” he said as quoted by Antara newswire. 
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Widya UTAMA, Bergen | Mon, 13/02/2012 - 15:02pm
I wonder why FPI lives with freedom to terrorize in Jakarta and surrounding areas only. And parallelly those behavior of Bogor Mayor and its muslim citizens towards GKI Congregation, and those inSukabumi protesting Valentines day celebration. And all those anarchism happened in West Jawan areas. Why? And the most interesting, those people wearing Arabian clothing habit, growing beards like Taliban and copyingattitude and culture which faraway from Indonesian attitude.
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