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National Police chief visits Jakarta Police HQ for Dec. 2 rally prep

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 29, 2016   /  11:33 am
National Police chief visits Jakarta Police HQ for Dec. 2 rally prep Security concerns: National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian (left) wipes his forehead as Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin (center) and Islam Defenders Front (FPI) chairman Rizieq Shihab look on during a press conference at the MUI in Jakarta on Monday. The police and Muslim groups have agreed to hold the Dec. 2 rally at the National Monument (Monas) compound instead of on the city’s main thoroughfares of Jl. MH Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian visited the Jakarta Police headquarters on Monday evening to inspect levels of preparedness ahead of the mass rally involving conservative Muslim groups scheduled on Dec. 2. 

Several other police officials, including Criminal Investigation Department chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto and Jakarta Military Commander Maj. Gen. Teddy Lhaksamana, were also reportedly seen at the office.

"We gather for a meeting to anticipate the mass prayer gathering on Dec. 2. Police will be working together with the TNI (Indonesian military) to safeguard the event," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar was quoted as saying by Tempo.co. 

According to Boy, joint forces of around 22,000 will be deployed across the capital to safeguard the rally, redirect traffic and remain on stand by.

Boy said more than 150,000 people are expected to join the rally after Friday's prayer, which will center around the National Monument (Monas) area in Central Jakarta.

Earlier on Monday, the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) confirmed that they would stage the rally, but changed the venue from the area along Jakarta's Jl. Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman thoroughfares to the Monas square. (dmr)

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