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Jakarta Post

Pontianak gripped by brief but high tension

  • Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Pontianak   /   Fri, March 16 2012   /  08:31 am

The West Kalimantan provincial capital of Pontianak was briefly gripped by tension on Thursday following a report that a major rally was going to be held by the Dayak people against the Islam Defenders Front (FPI).

The West Kalimantan Police were forced to deploy 100 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel and 100 other Sabhara officers to help maintain security in the city. They were stationed in a number of vital areas.

The police later blockaded the Kapuas I Bridge, one of two major bridges linking several main roads in Pontianak, to prevent any movement by mass protesters.

Thursday’s rally was sparked by the lowering of a banner signaling the rejection of the FPI at the Dayak Pangsuma boarding house on Jl. Wahid Hasyim in Pontianak a day earlier.

The incident on Wednesday had actually been settled through a dialogue involving community figures, representatives...