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Istiqlal asks protesters to maintain peaceful rally

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 31, 2017   /   07:38 pm
Istiqlal asks protesters to maintain peaceful rally Clouds shade thousands of protesters crowding around the Horse Statue area in Central Jakarta on Friday, March 31, 2017, to push the government to dismiss Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama who they deem as having committed blasphemy. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

The management of Istiqlal Mosque told thousands of protesters gathered at the mosque on Friday to maintain peace during the rally and avoid any kind of provocation.

In a statement signed by the Istiqlal management body head Muhammad Muzamil Basyuni that was read just before the rally, the mosque said that it was important not to engage in any kind of violent behavior as it could tarnish the image of Muslims.

"We welcome you this Friday to this mosque, but please remember Muslims in Indonesia must be seen by the world as people with good behavior," the statement said.

(Read also: Thousands to hit capital for anti-Ahok rally on Friday)

Thousands of people hit the streets on Friday for a rally that was scheduled to end at 6 p.m., demanding that the government dismiss Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama due to his suspect status in an ongoing blasphemy case.