- Title: Statue of Chinese god stokes tension in Muslim-majority Indonesia
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: TUBAN, EAST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA (FILE - JULY 2017) (REUTERS) FACE OF CHINESE GOD STATUE CHINESE GOD STATUE STATUE SWORD CROWD BELOW STATUE KWAN SING BIO TEMPLE SIGN TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF TEMPLE
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 04:31
- Keywords: Indonesia statue Chinese god temple Muslims
- Location: TUBAN, EAST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: TUBAN, EAST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0026TUOYTH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indonesia has urged officials to stand up to mob pressure after Muslim and nationalist protesters called for a 30-meter-tall (100-ft.) statue of a Chinese deity erected in a temple complex in an East Java town to be torn down.
The brightly-painted statue of Guan Yu, a former general who is worshipped by some Chinese, was inaugurated in July in a temple complex in the fishing town of Tuban and is claimed to be Southeast Asia's tallest such representation of the deity.
The statue in Tuban, about 100 km. (60 miles) west of the city of Surabaya, has been partially covered up after the protests, provoking both praise and ridicule on social media in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
Officials of the Kwan Sing Bio Temple in Tuban declined to comment, but media have quoted residents as saying the statue was good for tourism. Some locals said the statue was never a problem for them.
Indonesia is a secular state whose constitution enshrines religious freedom and diversity, but there are concerns that rising intolerance threatens its reputation for moderate Islam.
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