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Police urge public not to stage parade on eve of Idul Fitri

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 4, 2019   /   05:42 pm
Police urge public not to stage parade on eve of Idul Fitri Muslim teenagers recite the name of Allah while riding atop a bus in a convoy around Jakarta on June 24, 2017. (JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)

The National Police are urging takbiran (recitation of Allah is great) convoys against taking to the streets on the eve of Idul Fitri, which will fall on Wednesday.

The head of the police's annual "Operation Ketupat”, Sr. Comr. Bakharuddin Muhammad Syah, said on Tuesday that the recommendation was made to minimize safety risks.

“We call on the public to celebrate takbiran in mosques rather than on the streets. We received a bomb threat last night. We have also observed that there is a possibility that brawls break out on the streets during takbiran,” he said in South Jakarta as quoted by kompas.com.

Bakharuddin added that the police were currently coordinating with the Jakarta administration about the issue.

Takbiran, a popular tradition in the country, sees Muslims, particularly youth crowds, parade the streets chanting praises to God on the night before Idul Fitri. Firecrackers and fireworks are usually ignited to liven up celebrations. (das)