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Jakarta Post

'Anies for president': 212 rallygoers turn away from Prabowo, set sights on Jakarta governor

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  07:54 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan delivers a speech at the 212 "reunion" at the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta on Monday.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Standing out from a crowd of people who were mostly wearing white, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan took center stage while wearing his khaki-colored civil servant uniform during the “reunion” of hardline Muslims that call themselves “212 alumni” on Monday. At the event, held at the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta, Anies seemed to be presenting himself as the new hope of the 212 movement after Prabowo Subianto, a 2014 and 2019 presidential candidate, joined President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet as defense minister. Tens of thousands of 212 alumni attended the rally, held annually to mark a 2016 protest on Dec. 2 that called for the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for blasphemy. People crowded both in and outside the square. “We welcome you with open arms and happ...