The Jakarta Post
The hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) has once again staged a rally to protest against the appointment of deputy governor Basuki 'Ahok'Tjahaja Purnama, who is a Christian of Chinese descent, as Jakarta governor.
According to Antara news agency the FPI rally was led by chairman Muhammad Rizieq Shihab.
Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said there were around 2,000 FPI members at the rally.
He added that the police, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) had mobilized 1,000 personnel to secure the rally, which caused traffic congestion around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta.
On Oct. 3, an FPI rally turned into a riot that left 16 police officers injured and several cars damaged. The coordinators of the rally, Shahabudin Anggawi and Novel Bamu'min, who are high-ranking FPI members, have been arrested by the Jakarta Police.
The FPI, however, has vowed that it will continue organizing rallies until their demands are met. (ask)
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