Source: Jakarta Glob
Medan. Police have charged twelve people with robbery and vandalism after several Buddhist temples and monasteries were ransacked by mobs in the city of Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, last weekend.
“We’ve charged eight suspects with robbery and four with vandalism,” North Sumatra Police spokeswoman Sr. Comr. Rina Sari Ginting said on Monday (01/08).
The incident on Saturday began when residents reportedly got angry at a woman of Chinese descent who they alleged protested against a mosque using loudspeakers to broadcast calls to prayers and recitals in front of her home in Tanjung Balai.
The situation quickly escalated as provocations against the woman circulated on social media.
Reports said at least five Buddhist houses of worship were damaged and burned down by the angry mob. No casualties were reported.