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Greater Jakarta: Gafatar members to be '€˜reeducate'€™: Ahok

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 25, 2016   /  03:37 pm

As many as 118 Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) members from West Kalimantan currently housed in Jakarta would undergo five days of '€œreeducation,'€ Governor Basuki '€œAhok'€ Tjahaja Purnama said on Sunday.

'€œWe will give them five days to reeducate them because Gafatar'€™s teachings, mixing things [Christianity, Judaism and Islam] is wrong. The Indonesian Ulema Council has been overseeing the reeducation,'€ he said at Griya Gus Dur in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

Ahok was recently awarded the Gus Dur Award by the family of the late Abdurrahman '€œGus Dur'€ Wahid, who was known as promoter of pluralism.

The head of the Jakarta Social Shelter, Harjanto, said the Gafatar members were traumatized by the violent eviction they experienced in West Kalimantan.

The Gafatar members are originally from Jakarta, Bogor, Sukabumi, Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten.

The government outlawed Gafatar in November 2012, less than a year after it was established in January of the same year.

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