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Jakarta Post

Citing lockdown rules, govt cracks down hard on Rizieq

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 17, 2020   /  08:44 pm
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Crowds wait for the arrival of firebrand cleric and leader of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab in the group's headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Nov. 10.(Antara/Asprilla Dwi Adha)

In the wake of the serious breaches of COVID-19 restrictions resulting from the mass gatherings organized by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) to welcome its leader Rizieq Shihab over the weekend, the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has begun taking tough measures to limit the movement of the firebrand cleric and punish officials deemed responsible for any missteps. Following the dismissal of the police chiefs of Jakarta and West Java, which was ordered by Coordinating Political, Legal and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD, the Jakarta Police on Tuesday summoned Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, seeking clarification regarding a public gathering held at the FPI headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, where thousands of Rizieq's supporters gathered without wearing masks and causally ignoring social-distancing rules. "I came here as a private citiz...