While tensions continue to rise over Jakarta's first Chinese-Christian governor, Christians in Indonesia fear an increase in violence among radical Islamists.
According to International Christian Concern (ICC), there is escalating great unrest and discontent in the largest populous Muslim nation in the world because of opposition to Chinese Christian leader Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – who is also known as Ahok.
Organized protests that draw between 100,000 and 200,000 people to the streets of Jakarta are calling for the governor's removal – and even death.
Making matters worse in Indonesia, it is pointed out by ICC's Daniel Harris that a political opponent running against the governor in next year's election has told the media that he supports the protests "300 percent."
"And so there's a sense that perhaps religion could be used here as a means of politically motivating people against a political opponent."
Harris told OneNewsNow that over the last few years, an "increasing radical group is getting a much louder voice and a much louder stage."
He says Indonesia is becoming a hotbed for Muslim aggression against “infidels.”
"And we're seeing cases of religiously motivated violence increasing,” Harris shared. ”Between 2014 and 2015, I think there was over a 30-percent increase, and I'm really expecting that number to increase again for 2016."
Harris maintains that for the most part, Muslims in Indonesia are moderate, but he says that unfortunately, they are being silent and allowing radicals to stir up trouble and discontent against religious and ethnic minorities.