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NU, Muhammadiyah organizations in Kediri rally against 'radical' Islamic event

  • Asip A. Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Kediri, East Java   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /  03:32 pm
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Tougher measure: The Law and Human Rights Ministry's General Law Administration director general Freddy Harris (center) gives a press statement about the disbandment of Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in Jakarta on July 19. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Several members of local religious groups associated with the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), as well as students from the Muhammadiyah University (PTM) in Kediri, East Java, have rejected plans for an upcoming Islamic event in the region. The PTM Student Executive Board (BEM) has voiced its objection against the 2019 Brother’s Fest, which may feature speakers representing the banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) and several other religious figures known for their controversial stance against the state ideology of Pancasila. “We received word that the event would be postponed indefinitely, thanks to our rejection. We don’t wish for anyone to organize events like that again in Kediri or East Java in general,” BEM-PTM representative Abdur told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He claimed that the event, which was originally planned to be held on June 13-14, was initiated b...