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Public calls for disbandment of FPI as permit ends

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 9 2019   /  12:27 am

As the permit for hard-line group Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is due to expire next month, calls have been mounting for the disbandment of the group, which has a track record of religious-related violence.FPI’s five-year permit as a mass organization will end on June 20.The government requires all organizations to register and extend their permits with the Home Ministry, as stipulated in Law no. 16/2017 on mass organizations, to control them.However, an online petition urging the Home Ministry not to extend the FPI’s permit has garnered widespread support from the public, with more than 180,000 petitioners since it was created on May 6.The petition, created by Ira Bisyir on change.org, refers to the FPI as “an organization that spreads radicalism and supports violence just like Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI)”.The HTI is a Muslim group disbanded by the government in 2017 for contra...