02 December 2016

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

Waving banners that read “Jail Ahok, the law must be fair”, demonstrators dressed in white Islamic skullcaps and robes marched through the streets. Many had travelled from outside the capital to take part. [The Guardian] Read more