|Suharto calls for restraint|
|1996 marked by several "socio-political jolts"|
Source: RADIO AUSTRALIA Date: Friday 27 December, 1996 (11:27pm AEDT) Indonesia's President Suharto has called for restraint among the country's many different religious groupings. The president was speaking after rioting Muslims at Tasikmalaya in Western Java damaged eleven Christian churches and many Chinese owned businesses At least two people were killed including an elderly Chinese woman shopkeeper. Speaking to public servants and members of the armed forces in Jakarta, Mr Suharto said authorities had to remain alert against the appearance of groupings within the society which could give rise to unrest in inter-religion relations. The president said 1996 had been marked by several "socio- political jolts," where the factor of religion also played a role. The rioting in Tasikmalaya had started as a protest by thousands of Muslims against alleged police mistreatment of three Muslim teachers.
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