TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) - affiliated with Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) - announced it will mobilize 500 members of its military wing ‘Banser’ to secure this year’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
“Joining the police and military, there will be 500 [Banser] personnel participating in the Christmas and New Year’s security measure,” said NTT’s Ansor regional coordinator Ajhar Jowe on Monday.
The security measures will be stationed across Churches in the NTT’s areas commenced today by joint-effort police and military forces. The number of Banser personnels, says Ajhar, will be adjusted to the requests from authorities.
“Together with police and other parties involved who are participating in creating a ‘Peaceful Christmas’,” he said.
This operation dubbed ‘Peaceful Christmas’ also involves the region’s Parisada Hindu, a similar youth movement to GP Ansor from the Hindu community.
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