by Mathias Hariyadi
The provincial authorities say it is alien to local culture and violates religious harmony. The descendants of Chinese respond that is only "a cultural show" to remember the victims of the tsunami. For decades the community - mostly Christian - is victim of discrimination and violence for religious or economic reasons.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Indonesians of Chinese descent are in revolt against the decision of the Religious Affairs Office of Aceh, which has banned the popular barongsay (the dance of the lions, ed) during the commemorations of the fifth anniversary of the tsunami. The authorities explain that it is clearly extraneous to local culture and they want to "maintain religious harmony." The descendants of the Chinese replicate by describing the decision as "ridiculous".
Kim, an Indonesian of Chinese descent in North Jakarta, speaks of a "ridiculous and s
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