A Protestant house-church was forcibly shut down in Blora, Central Java.
In Tlogowaru village, Japah district, Blora, Central Java, a Northern Central Java Christian church was closed by police and local residents, Tempo says, because the number of worshippers, at 38 people, was insufficient to satisfy the requirments of the law for the establishment of houses of worship. Houses of worship must have at least 90 prospective members before permission can be granted for their construction.
Additionally the church did not have formal permission to operate. It appears that the pastor, Yoshua, had once attempted to fool local people into signing a petition of no-objection to the use of the building, which was actually a house, as a church, in order to satisfy another requirement of the law. This had made people angry and they complained to the village authorities and the Department of Religion, who then took action.
Christians in the village are still permitted to carry out services in their homes, provided they do so in rotation, but they cannot build a church.