Indonesian military issues warning to Muslim hardliners

Vows to suppress planned protest against Jakarta’s Christian governer, saying motives are political rather than religious

Din Syamsuddin, the chairman of Advisory Board of the Indonesian Ulema Council, says Muslims should not protest on the street but monitor the blasphemy case against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (ucanews.com photo)
Din Syamsuddin, the chairman of Advisory Board of the Indonesian Ulema Council, says Muslims should not protest on the street but monitor the blasphemy case against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (ucanews.com photo)

Indonesia’s military has vowed to suppress another mass demonstration threatened by hard-line Muslims in Jakarta against the capital’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — popularly known as ‘Ahok.’

The demonstration, scheduled for Nov. 25 to call for Ahok to be prosecuted for alleged blasphemy, would dwarf a protest staged on Nov. 4 in which one person died and at least 100 were injured, organizers said.

More than 100,000 people attended the Nov. 4 rally, according to organizers and authorities.

The threatened rally is to go ahead despite legal action being taken against the governor for allegedly insulting the Quran in a speech. Read more at ucanews.com….

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