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Anies-Islamists relations tested over ‘vice-friendly’ policies

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  07:53 pm
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Raise your hands up: EDM fans let go of everything and entertain themselves during the recent DWP festival.(JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

Only weeks after attending an Islamist rally during which he was greeted with shouts of “Anies for president!”-- a testament to his growing popularity among conservative voters -- Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is now caught in a situation where he has to choose between maintaining the capital’s inclusivity and appeasing his Islamist base. The governor, a Fulbright scholar with a PhD in political science from Northern Illinois University, was blasted by the so-called Islamic Youth Movement (GPI) for issuing a permit for an international electronic music festival in Jakarta. The Islamic group said it believed that the 11th Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) was a hotbed of “decadent and immoral behavior” and should not be allowed to be held in the predominantly Muslim capital. Around 30 people gathered in front of Anies’ office three days before th...