Islamists have threatened to hunt down Muslims in Santa hats after issuing a fatwa against firms that force their staff to wear Christmas clothes in Indonesia.
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) warned of ‘sweeping operations’ in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, and said ordering Muslims to wear Christmas attire was a violation of their human rights.
Indonesia is home to several religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and people who follow traditional beliefs.
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion in an officially secular state though tension between followers of different faiths can flare.
‘There can be no sweeping operations … members of the public should respect other religions that are carrying out celebrations,’ national police chief Tito Karnavian told police during a security exercise in the capital, Jakarta.
The FPI said it aimed to enforce a fatwa, or decree, issued by Indonesia’s Islamic Clerical Council in 2016 prohibiting business owners from forcing employees to wear Christmas clothing.
‘We will raid businesses in anticipation of them being stubborn about this and we will be accompanied by police,’ said Novel Bakmukmin, head of the FPI’s Jakarta chapter…