Ahmadiyah followers in Depok, West Java, may not be able to celebrate Idul Fitri due to a lack of security assurance from local police following threats and vandalism attacks on its Al Hidayah mosque in Sawangan, Depok, on early Saturday.
Ahmadiyah Indonesia spokesperson Yendra Budiana said that unknown people rode four motorcycles around the mosque and threw paint and eggs at the mosque and surrounding areas.
“They then put up a banner expressing Sawangan residents’ rejection of Ahmadiyah’s Eid prayer,” Yendra told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
The mosque’s organizers have reported the case to the police and are waiting for the latter’s response before making any decision on whether or not to perform the Eid prayer the next day.
Civil Freedom Defender Team member and Ahmadiyah Depok congregation attorney Asep Komarudin condemned the attack.
“The perpetrators scoped the location and targeted CCTV cameras in some spots around the mosque,” he said, adding that they left the mosque for Jalan Parung Bingung, Depok, West Java.
“They tried to minimize evidence of their crime by throwing eggs at the CCTV cameras to reduce the cameras’ function,” Asep said.
He suspected that the attack was connected to a citizen lawsuit filed by human rights organization Yayasan Satu Keadilan (YSK) against the Depok administration and the central government over the sealing off of an Ahmadiyah mosque.