31 Oct '16, 4am

Jakarta on high alert ahead of Nov 4 mass protest by Muslim hardliners

JAKARTA - Indonesia's capital city is on high alert ahead of a massive protest by Muslim hardliners on Friday (Nov 4) against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is now running for re-election. The metropolitan police has mobilised about 7,000 officers, who will be backed by an additional 500 troops from the Indonesian military (TNI), to secure the city and to prevent any outbreak of violence during the gubernatorial elections which began last Friday. The protest was triggered by Mr Basuki's criticisms of his opponents who cited a verse from the Quran to attack him previously. National police chief Tito Karnavian confirmed that he has raised the security alert level in Jakarta to its highest as thousands of demonstrators are expected to arrive from outside the city on Friday to join Muslims to protest against Mr Basuki for allegedly insulting Islam. A TNI spokesma...

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