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Jakarta Post

Police deploy 2,800 to secure FPI rally against West Java Police chief

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 16, 2017   /  10:07 am
Police deploy 2,800 to secure FPI rally against West Java Police chief God's soldiers — Islam Defenders Front (FPI) members express their anger during a recent protest. (Tempo/-)

The National Police and Jakarta Military Command have prepared 2,800 personnel to secure a rally by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) at the National Police headquarters on Jl. Trunojoyo in South Jakarta on Monday.

"The Jakarta Military Command has sent us 800 personnel to help secure the rally,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan said Sunday as quoted by

“We will accommodate the FPI if they want to voice their aspirations,” he said.

(Read also: West Java Police question FPI leader over alleged insult to Pancasila)

The FPI claimed that about 5,000 people would take to the streets to demand West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan be stripped of his title because the FPI said he had “allowed abuse of FPI members” by another organization called Indonesia’s Little People Movement (GMBI) in Bandung, West Java recently.

The two clashed when FPI patron Rizieq Shihab, also known as Habib Rizieq, was questioned by the West Java Police over allegations of insulting Pancasila, the state ideology.

Later, a rumor spread on social media that an FPI member had been stabbed in a restaurant on Jl. Soekarno-Hatta in Bandung. West Java Police chief Anton denied the rumor, saying the police had checked and found no such case.

The clash heated up when some unidentified men torched GMBI’s  headquarters in Bogor regency on Friday. The police later apprehended 20 suspects for the arson and said they suspected the mob was from the FPI, however, the FPI denied ordering their members to torch GMBI’s office. (evi)

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