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Island focus: Thousands join anti-Jokowi walk in Surakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  01:00 am

Thousands of people participated in an anti-Jokowi walk on Sunday morning in the Gladag area in the city of Surakarta, Central Java.

The event on Sunday was also attended by, among others, Surakarta Sharia Council (DSKS) chairman Muinudinillah Basri, Muhammadiyah activist Mustofa B. Nahrawardaya and local figure Mudrick Sangidu.

Earlier, the Surakarta Police said they did not permit the event because it had the potential to create altercations between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo supporters and those who oppose him. In response, the event committee said they would prohibit the participants from wearing or carrying any #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangePresident) attributes.

Although attributes emblazoned with #2019GantiPresiden were absent in the 5-kilometer walk, a call to support presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto resonated in the event.

“Hail Pr...