Christian-Muslim Violence Kills 22

April 26, 2004

Source: Radio Netherlands

On April 26, 2004 Radio Netherlands reported, "At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Indonesian city of Ambon. The violence is reminiscent of the bloody chaos that engulfed the Mollucan islands five years ago, and is seen as a major setback to the reconciliation process under way since 2002. The fighting began after Christian separatists raised their banned flag to mark the 54th anniversary of their self-proclaimed independence day. They also raised the flag of the United Nations. After police ordered them to remove the flags, the clashes began, says Father Bohm, a Catholic priest in Ambon."