JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday urged authorities to take firm action against hardline Muslims who attacked a rally for religious tolerance at the weekend.
"I am deeply concerned with what happened yesterday afternoon. I condemn strongly the attackers that caused injury to our people," Yudhoyono told reporters.
"Our country is bound by the law and constitution and is not a country that supports violent acts. In regard to this incident, the law must be upheld."
Around 500 members of the radical Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attacked activists during a rally for religious tolerance in the Indonesian capital on Sunday, leaving dozens injured.
About 100 members of the National Alliance for Religious and Faith Freedom were rallying in central Jakarta against a possible government ban on the minority Ahmadiyah sect, deemed deviant by religious authorities here.
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