The Jakarta Post
Hundreds of police officers have been deployed in areas around the Myanmar Embassy on Jl. Agus Salim, Central Jakarta, since Friday morning as thousands of people are expected to stage a peaceful rally to protest the oppression and killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Security officers both in uniform and plain clothes have been readied to deal with any exigencies. Other personnel were seen managing traffic flow, although it remained quite uncongested in the morning. Police trucks and heavy equipment were also seen in front of and near the embassy.
Several Islamic organizations including the Association of Islamic Students (HMI) plan to stage rallies in front of the embassy after Friday prayers around 1 p.m. The rally is also aimed at showing their solidarity toward the Rohingya Muslim community, who have been facing persistent oppression from Myanmar’s military.
Some of the groups initially planned to carry out another large-scale rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over alleged blasphemy. However, they later changed the plan and decided to use the rally to protest the killing of Rohingya Muslims. (ebf)