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Jakarta Post

Hard-liners ambush Monas rally

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 2 2008   /  10:20 am
HARD-LINING: A man from the Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia welcomes members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) during a rally at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JP/P.J. Leo)(FPI) during a rally at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JP/P.J. Leo)

HARD-LINING: A man from the Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia welcomes members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) during a rally at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JP/P.J. Leo) Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attacked activists at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday afternoon, leaving 34 injured. National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion (AKKBB) activists had entered the Monas area to commemorate the 63rd year of Pancasila state ideology, when they were confronted and beaten by FPI members, Adj. Sr. Comr. Suharna of the Jakarta Police told The Jakarta Post. "We had warned the alliance about a possible clash with Islamic groups who would be staging a protest against the fuel price increases at the same time, but they insisted on going anyway," he said. The AK...