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Jakarta Post

‘Pribumi’ campaign gains traction

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 23, 2017   /  06:50 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (third right) and Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno (right) walk around City Hall in Central Jakarta on Oct. 17, a day after their inauguration. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

After his controversial speech highlighting pribumi (indigenous people) during the Dutch colonial era, religious leaders demanded on Sunday that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan repair the damage he had caused as the racially infused statement had inspired acts of intolerance. Religious leaders have called on the new Jakarta governor to maintain harmony and pluralism in the city during his tenure, which lasts until 2022. They said that with ethnicity and religious sentiments still plaguing the city after the gubernatorial election earlier this year, religious minorities might be oppressed or neglected amid rising tensions. Although Anies has dismissed allegations that he singled out a particular ethnicity or religion, his remarks have inspired groups of people to begin pribumi movements. On Thursday, just three days after his speech on his inauguration day, a banner reading ...