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Jakarta Post

Fauzi, police chief hobnob with FPI

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 8 2010   /  10:52 am

The relationship between city authorities and the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) appears friendly despite the hard-line group’s reputation for violence.Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo and Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Timur Pradopo attended the 12th anniversary celebration of the FPI at the organization’s headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on Saturday, leading critics to say they both feared the FPI.Fauzi and Timur’s attendance comes a day after FPI leader Habib Rizieq visited Jakarta Police headquarters to “offer” the group’s “services” in enforcing a city bylaw banning some entertainment establishments from operating during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.“The FPI is not the enemy of the police or state. Sin is the FPI’s enemy,” Rizieq said in a speech at the event. He added the presence of Fauzi and Timur was proof of their support.In his speech, Fauzi s...