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Jakarta Post

No love shown to the FPI

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 15 2012   /  08:20 am

A group uniting under the banner of “Indonesia-without-the-FPI” staged a rally around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the government disband the hard-line group Islam Defenders Front (FPI).Traffic was held up in all directions for more than an hour, as 250 police officers protecting the protest had trouble with crowd control.

“We do not represent any organization. We are merely ordinary citizens who have had enough with all the violent and repressive acts carried out by the FPI in the name of Islam,” rally spokesperson Vivi Widyawati told reporters.

The FPI is a hard-line group notorious for its violent crackdowns on nightclubs and massage parlors, which it deems “sinful places”.

Vivi said that the rally was held in response to a similar protest held in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, on Saturday, when hundreds of prot...