More than 100 thousand Indonesian Muslims Friday, December 2, took part in protests against the Christian Governor of Jakarta. This is the second large-scale demonstration against the Governor over the past few weeks. Radical Muslims demand arrest badgers Pournami appeal trial in Phnom Penh on charges of insulting Islam.
As reports The Times of India, protesters dressed in white occupied the Park in the center of the Indonesian capital chanted Islamic verses and sang the national anthem. Compliance with the order watched more than 20 thousand employees of law enforcement bodies. According to reports, they were able to prevent a repeat of the violence that occurred during previous protests.
The President of Indonesia Joko Widodo alarmed at the current situation, according to Reuters. He accused some politicians in the exploitation of protest and attempts to destabilize the government. Media associated with this statement of the head of state with today’s arrest of 10 people on charges of treason and inciting hatred. Previously in Indonesia has been rumors about a plot against Widodo and the attempts of his political rivals to deny the President’s chances for re-election in 2019 for a second term.
Recall that in mid-November, the Governor of capital of Indonesia badgers appeal trial in Phnom Penh Purnama became the figurant of criminal case about the insult of Islam. Police banned the official who profess Christianity, to leave the country. The case of blasphemy occurred against the backdrop of growing religious and ethnic tensions in a country where the majority of the population is Muslim. The Governor Purnama was the first representative of the Chinese community hold such a high position, and the first non-Muslim to such positions over the past half century. He faces up to five years of imprisonment.
We are talking about the speech of the Governor, which took place in September. He said that his opponents deceived the voters, and put them in wine to use in political battles verses from the Quran, which forbids Muslims to choose their leaders from non-Muslims. Social media users circulated a video re-made speech Pournami. One of his key words were cut, and the impression that he criticized the Quran and not their opponents.
He categorically denies his guilt of blasphemy, though, and apologized for the harsh comment. “I accept the status of a suspect, and confidence in the professionalism of the police,” he said. According to him, this case will decide not only his fate, but which way the country would develop. Purnama also said that he intends, in spite of everything, to participate in the elections in Jakarta.
Elections of the Governor of Jakarta will be held in February 2017. Purnama, one of the closest supporters of Joko Widodo, is popular with residents of the capital and is considered the favorite of the campaign.