A splinter cell of an Indonesian extremist group, Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front/FPI), was foiled in their plans to attack the government and businesses. How can Indonesia prevent similar occurrences in the future?
Why religion continues being integral to Indonesians can be viewed from a supply and demand perspective. State-perpetrated religious discriminations and the potential rise of conservative and hardline groups are concerning. These may lead to a rising tide of intolerance in Indonesia.
The dissemination of hateful contents generally increases in Indonesia during crises such as COVID-19 and political contestations. Such hateful contents reflect deep-seated sentiments that have developed through Indonesia’s history.