31 Jan '17, 7am

Indonesia police vow to block 'political' rally led by Islamists - The Straits Times

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian police will block a rally in Jakarta next month led by the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) if the group intends to make it political just days before an election for city governor that has raised religious tension. The FPI has led two rallies over the past year targeting the ethnic Chinese, Christian Jakarta governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, which drew hundreds of thousands of Muslims calling for his jailing over allegations he insulted the Koran. The FPI leader, Habib Rizieq, was on Monday (Jan 30) declared a suspect over allegations he insulted Indonesia's state ideology, Pancasila, which enshrines religious diversity in an officially secular system. Jakarta police chief Mochamad Iriawan told Reuters in an interview on Monday (Jan 30) the FPI's plan for another rally on Feb 11, four days before the Jakarta elections, indicated it wou...

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