Christmas passes peacefully in Jakarta

Christmas passes peacefully in Jakarta
Indonesian congregations from two churches attend a mass prayer outside the presidential palace in Jakarta on December 25, 2013. Hundreds of Indonesian Christians held a Christmas service on December 25, in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta to protest at the closure of their churches due to pressure by Muslim hardliners.

JAKARTA - The Jakarta Police have said that no churches or Christians were subjected to terror threats during Christmas Eve celebrations in Jakarta and surrounding areas.

"The Christmas Eve situation was conducive. There were no disruptions or acts of terror," Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He added that overall, no conspicuous events related to religious services or Christmas celebrations had been detected.

Rikwanto said the police would continue to provide security at several churches until Christmas was over.

The police have been on the alert to safeguard Christmas since Tuesday and will remain vigilant until Wednesday evening.

Jakarta Police chief Insp.Gen.Putut Eko Bayuseno said Christmas security had been coordinated well.

He said a joint force comprising 5,800 personnel would stay on guard today to ensure there was no violence.

The joint force comprises National Police (Polri) personnel, Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) members and Jakarta Fire Department (Damkar) officers.

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