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Jakarta Post

Participant dies during 212 rally

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 3, 2018   /   06:04 pm
Participant dies during 212 rally The body of Idris, 53, a participant in Sunday’s “212 Alumni Reunion” rally, is laid at his house in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta. Idris is believed to have died of exhaustion after joining the rally on Dec. 2. (Warta Kota/Rangga Baskoro)

Idris, 53, a community unit (RW) head in Tanah Rendah, Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, died while participating in Sunday’s “212 Alumni Reunion” rally, which was held at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta. It is believed he died of natural causes.

Central Jakarta Police chief Comr. Roma Hutajulu confirmed the report. “[Idris] died outside the Monas area,” he said as quoted by Warta Kota.

Idris’ neighbor, Hade Maisyuroh, said that Idris might have died as a result of exhaustion

Hade added that Idris had celebrated the birth of Prophet Muhammad on Saturday until 2 a.m. at a mosque in his neighborhood. The following day, at 8 a.m., Idris and hundreds of his neighbors set off on their motorbikes for Monas to take part in the rally to commemorate the second anniversary of the gathering on Dec. 2, 2016, which demanded that then Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama be jailed for blasphemy. 

Due to the congested traffic, the group had to park their motorbikes near YAI University on Kramat Kwitang in Senen at 9.30 a.m. and continue on foot to Monas.

Rani, another neighbor who also took part in the rally, said that Idris had been walking for two hours before he eventually decided to return to his motorbike at 11 a.m.

She added that he had suffered heart problems for decades.  

Idris was buried in the Kober public cemetery in Rawa Bunga, on Monday. (ars)

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