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Jakarta Post

HTI rallies for 'khilafah'

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  11:07 am

Thousands of Muslim women from the hardline Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) organization staged a rally Sunday calling for the country to enforce sharia law and establish an Islamic state led by a caliphate. They marched through downtown Jakarta from outside the U.S. Embassy to the nearby State Palace, with some carrying their children. The protesters reject the current system of democracy because it is a Western product and said it failed to bring prosperity to this predominantly Muslim nation. The rally was peaceful amid tight security. Protest leader Febrianti Abassuni said the women's wing of HTI would intensify its campaign for an Islamic state this month to coincide with the commemorations of Mother's Day on Dec. 22, the Islamic New Year on Dec. 29, and in the lead up to the 2009 elections. "This movement offers guidance for the people to contribute...