Indonesia Tightens Security for 2019 Christmas Celebrations

December 17, 2019

Persecution of Christians in Indonesia: Christians in general are a tiny minority in this massive nation, and they are more threatened now than ever before. Christians face increasing discrimination and persecution, often sanctioned by authorities, and as this article notes, it has even gotten to the point that churches need armed guards during worship services.

There is a small and courageous community of Orthodox Christians in Indonesia, numbering around 2500 people. Please beseech Almighty God that this situation would end in Indonesia, and that Christians would be safe to celebrate their holiest days in peace.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Indonesia, see here.

“Indonesia Tightens Security for 2019 Christmas Celebrations,” International Christian Concern, December 16, 2019:

12/16/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – To ensure a Christmas and New Year without accidents or terrorist attacks, authorities in Indonesia are expected to deploy 160,000 security personnel, local media reports.

According to UCA News, the number of security personnel deployed this year will be almost double that of 2018, when nearly 90,000 security personnel guarded about 50,000 churches across the country.

The chief of the National Police Traffic Corps said military personnel and “members of government agencies” will guard churches and tourism sites during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Jakarta Metro Police also announced on December 13 that it will deploy 10,000 agents to ensure that Christmas and New Year celebrations go smoothly with dozens of guard posts set up around the capital.

Senior Commander Yusri Yunus noted that police will work with the Armed Forces and city authorities to improve security. A meeting will be held on 23 December to select the key points to protect.

Indonesia has seen a rise of Islam radicalism in recent years. The IS-linked local terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) has initiated suicide attacks against churches in Indonesia, with the latest being May 2018 in Surabaya, where more than 10 victims from three different churches were killed….