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Police arrest man in viral beheading video

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 12, 2019   /   03:55 pm
Police arrest man in viral beheading video A supporter of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin uses a Jokowi mask during a massive rally in Jakarta recently. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

The Jakarta Police have arrested a supporter of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto who threatened to behead President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a video that went viral on Saturday.

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono told The Jakarta Post that the police arrested the man, identified only as HS, in Parung district of Bogor, West Java at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Argo said the man was arrested for threatening to behead President Jokowi as shown in a video which went viral on social media.

The video shows the man, dressed in a Muslim peci cap and brown jacket, saying, "We, from Poso [of Central Sulawesi], are ready to behead Jokowi. Insya Allah, Allahu Akbar [God willing, God is the greatest]. We will behead him. Jokowi, be ready, [because] we from Poso will behead you in God's name."

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Others in the video could be seen laughing in support of the man, with a woman adding, "For a change in Indonesia."

The video was allegedly taken during a rally -- described as "people power" -- held by Prabowo supporters in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on Friday, during which they accused Jokowi's camp of election fraud after quick count results put the incumbent on course for victory

Soon after the video went viral, a group of Jokowi supporters under the name of Jokowi Mania reported the man and the video's creator to the Jakarta Police on Saturday. (ars)