Jakarta protests: Muslims turn out in force against Christian governor Ahok


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INDONESIA: Takribani watu laki 2 waandamana kushinikiza Gavana wa Jakarta, Basuki Purnama akamatwe kwa kuitukana dini ya Kiislamu.

Mpaka sasa imeripotiwa kuwa waandamanaji wapatao kumi wanashikiliwa na Jeshi la Polisi kwa mahojiano zaidi.

Aidha inadaiwa Gavana huyo alifanya makosa hayo wakati akaiwa katika moja ya mikutano yake wakati wa kampeni za kuwania nafasi ya Ugavana.



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Huge crowds descend on Jakarta to demand the Indonesian capital’s governor be arrested for insulting Islam.

A crowd of at least 200,000 Muslim protesters has descended on Jakarta to demand the Christian governor of the Indonesian capital be arrested for insulting Islam.

There was heavy security at the rally on Friday with authorities wary of the kind of violence that marred a similar demonstration in November.

People headed towards a huge park in downtown Jakarta to protest against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, who has become the target of widespread anger in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

being prosecuted for allegedly committing blasphemy over comments he made about the Koran in an election campaign.

But he has not been detained and conservative Muslim groups are now pushing for his arrest.

Speaking on the main stage at the national monument, national police chief Tito Karnavian called for the protesters to support the legal process in the blasphemy case.

“We have worked to finalize the dossier and have handed over to the prosecutors. Therefore, I request support from all of you so that the legal process goes well,” he said as the crowd cheered “God is Great”.

The case is viewed in part as a test of religious tolerance for Indonesia, where minorities have increasingly come under attack in recent years and the government stands accused of failing to rein in fringe hardline groups.

But critics say it is as much about politics and accuse opponents of Purnama, also a member of Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority, of whipping up anger and encouraging the protests to reduce his support ahead of February polls for the governorship.

Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed to keep the peace at Friday’s rally, which could dwarf a protest of a few weeks earlier that brought 100,000 people on to the streets and was the biggest demonstration the city had seen in years.

The 4 November protest descended into violence as night fell, with Muslim hardliners hurling missiles at security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannon.

One person was killed and hundreds injured.

Police named Purnama as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation in November following the protest as calls mounted for him to prosecuted.

The governor had accused his opponents of using a Koranic verse that suggests Muslims should not choose non-Muslims as leaders in order to trick people into voting against him.



Source: ABC News
 
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