Christians in Papua celebrate Good Friday after attack

Christians in Papua celebrate Good Friday after attack

The Jakarta Post

Christians in eastern province of Papua gather at churches in Jayapura to celebrate Good Friday despite arson attack against Cendrawasih University and a bloody attack at a police station in Abepura, all in Jayapura, a day earlier.

Antara news agency reported Friday that the celebrations were notable in almost all churches at Jayapura, including at Paroki Kristus Juru Selamat church at Kotaraja.

At the church, members of the congregation were walking around the compound to mark the day of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Christians mark Good Friday as the day of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and Easter Sunday as the day of His resurrection.

On Thursday early morning, Cendrawasih University's main building was engulfed by fire, and early indications show that it was an arson attack.

Later in the day, a group of Papuans armed with traditional weapons such as arrows attacked a police station at Abepura. Police said they shot one man dead as they repelled the attack.

Police said the overnight violence was an effort to sabotage the legislative election in Papua, where calls for independence have grown ahead of the vote.

But elsewhere across the country, voting proceeded largely peacefully.