The Wahidiyah movement is attacked in Tasikmalaya.
At about 3pm on 11th September about 100 members of the Islam Defenders' Front, Front Pembela Islam (FPI), descended on the home of a Wahidiyah leader in Tasikmalaya, West Java (map). They explained to local people that they intended to purge the area of the presence of Wahidiyah and its heretical teachings.
FPI burn Wahidiyah symbols.
No-one was home and the FPI men then proceeded to burn banners with Wahidiyah symbols on them and throw stones and eggs at the house. Police attempted to stop the stone-throwing and the attackers dispersed and went home. l6
The following day, at around midnight, groups of men went on an anti-Wahidiyah rampage through the same area of Tasikmalaya, attacking and burning down four buildings belonging to Wahidiyah members, causing hundreds of millions of rupiah damage. The buildings included a house, a musholla, and a workshop.
On 18th September former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) urged the police to take action against the attackers.
I ask that General Sutanto arrest Ajengan Asep in Manonjaya, Tasikmalaya.
Ajengan Asep is the leader of the West Java branch of the Mujahadin Council, Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI), who Wahid accuses of being behind the midnight attack on 12th September.
Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur).
Wahid also asked the police to arrest two of the leaders of the Tasikmalaya branch of the Clerics' Council, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), Saefudin Juhri and Dudung Akasah. The Tasikmalaya MUI recently condemned the Tasikmalaya Wahidiyah group as heretical, and Wahid argued that the MUI must then share some of the criminal responsibility for the attacks on the group.
He also accused president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of being unable to protect the country's minorities, and complained that the Tasikmalaya police were hopeless, in that they couldn't defend ordinary people under attack by mobs. antara