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Uproar over 'altered' cross puts focus on intolerance in Indonesia

Issue raises questions about divisions in society over religion, ethnicity and class

The Indonesian authorities are investigating a case in Yogyakarta where a wooden cross, used to mark the grave of a Catholic man in a village, had to be "altered" earlier this week so as not to offend the larger Muslim community there.

The episode, which saw the tip of the cross lopped off so that it now resembles the letter T instead of the symbol of the Christian religion, has drawn strong reactions since it made the headlines on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2018, with the headline 'Uproar over 'altered' cross puts focus on intolerance in Indonesia'. Print Edition | Subscribe