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FPI protests ‘unfairness’ by West Java Police chief

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 16, 2017   /  08:42 pm
FPI protests ‘unfairness’ by West Java Police chief Peaceful rally — Female military personnel distribute glasses of water to participants of a rally held by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in front of the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Safrin La Batu)

Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab says the group is calling for the dismissal of West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan due to the latter’s unfairness in mediating a conflict between FPI members and followers of the Indonesian General Society Movement (GMBI).

Rizieq claimed that Anton’s position as head of the GMBI’s supervisory body could have led to such unfairness.

“We are coming here to report Anton Charliyan to Propam [the police's internal affairs division] because he is not fair,” Rizieq said at a rally held by FPI members in front of the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday. He did not elaborate further.

(Read also: FPI rally demands dismissal of West Java Police chief)

Attended by hundreds of FPI followers and supporters, the rally ran peacefully. Several female police officers and female military personnel were seen distributing water and candy to rally participants.

The water was actually provided for officers who secured the rally but they eventually distributed it to the protesters. “Please come and take it,” a policewoman said to several rally participants who were standing near her.

A clash between FPI members and GMBI followers occurred during Rizieq’s questioning at the West Java Police headquarters last Thursday. He was questioned over allegedly insulting the state ideology of Pancasila.

Following the clash, several people believed to be FPI members on Friday attacked the GMBI secretariat in Ciampea, Bogor regency, West Java. The police arrested 20 people allegedly involved in the attack, some of whom have been named suspects. (ebf)

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