A traditional wedding ceremony in Surakarta, Central Java came to a violent end after alleged members of a local religious group reportedly disbanded it, leading to a scuffle involving several local police personnel.The group of people who broke up the ceremony, which took place at a private residence in Pasar Kliwon district on Saturday, purportedly claimed that the traditional procession had violated certain Islamic principles.As reported by tribunnews.com, the perpetrators arrived at the ceremony at 4 p.m. and proceeded to cordon off the entrance to the residential area. Read also: Can Indonesia lead global war against religious intolerance? Scholars discusThe police escorted the wedding guests to safety during a lull when members of the group were performing maghrib (sunset prayer). However, the group finally noticed the evacuation and responded by physically attacking the guests, he said.At least three people were injured during the conflict, he said. The victims have since been treated at Indriati Solo Baru Hospital in Sukoharjo regency.“[The victims] sustained lacerations on their heads,” Andy said.He went on to say that he was also physically assaulted by the group, but did not sustain any serious injuries.“I was hit by [members of the group] when I was evacuating the victims. But I persisted and continued protecting the victims,” he said.In addition to physical assault, the group also reportedly vandalized private property in the surrounding vicinity including a minivan.The police are currently still investigating the case. (rfa)Topics : In a video that has since circulated on social media, members of the group could be heard shouting orders to disband the ceremony.Surakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Andy Rifai said his office received reports of a disturbance at around 5 p.m on Saturday.“We received information that evening that an intolerant group had ambushed a private residence,” Andy said on Sunday.He said the situation became heated when police personnel were deployed to the scene at around 5:20 p.m. to negotiate with the group.
Pique Sous gave Willie Mullins his second victory in the last three renewals of the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot with a smart display under Ryan Moore. Press Association Ireland’s champion National Hunt trainer saddled Simenon to win the two-and-three-quarter-mile contest two years ago and Pique Sous, who nearly lost his life last October due to colic, was a heavily backed 11-4 chance to repeat the trick. They versatile grey was a little keen early on and Moore dropped him out towards the rear of the field, but he began to make headway heading down the back straight and was hot on the heels of the leaders rounding the home bend, where he appeared to be travelling much the best. He quashed stamina doubts as he posted a determined length-and-a-half victory. Another Irish challenger, the Aidan O’Brien-trained El Salvador, made considerable headway late in the day to finish second, with Brass Ring another neck away in third. The victory confirmed Moore’s place as leading jockey for the week with his sixth winner of the meeting and his third on the card. Moore said: “It was a very messy race, they only went steady. He travelled beautifully into the race and picked up well. It was a long way, the last furlong, but I got the gaps when they came. When you ride for Willie, it makes it a bit easier.” Mullins added: “Having a Royal Ascot winner is always fantastic. When Ryan hit the front I didn’t think anyone could catch him. “It’s great for the Supreme Horse Racing Club (owners). I picked this horse out for them as he had a lovely pedigree. It’s a been a dream for the racing club to be here and enjoying this. “He’s in the Northumberland Plate, so we’ll see how he comes out of that. I’m not sure what penalty he gets for winning this, but we will have a look at that. I’d like to dedicate the victory to one of my members of staff who had a brain haemorrhage and who is quite ill in hospital.” Tiger Cliff, who was sent off the 5-2 favourite, collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack.
Tipperary is well represented on the Republic of Ireland Amateur squad to face the USA Colleges side next March.St Michael’s of Tipperary Town have four players involved – Aaron Wall, Paul Breen, Christopher Higgins and Jimmy Carr.The other two players from Tipp are Clonmel Town’s Evan Comerford and Lee Grace of Carrick United. The game against the US Colleges side is set for Saturday March 24th in Dublin.