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Indonesia arrests Muslim leader ahead of anti-Ahok rally - TODAYonline

Indonesia arrests Muslim leader ahead of anti-Ahok rally - TODAYonline

JAKARTA — Indonesian police arrested five people, including a Muslim leader, for suspected treason yesterday, signalling a clampdown on hardline Islamist groups that have agitated against Jakarta’s Christian governor ahead of a mid-April election in the capital. The arrests came just before thousands of Muslims gathered to demand the sacking of Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for blasphemy over accusations he insulted the Quran. Following Friday prayers, the protestors marched from Istiqlal Mosque in central Jakarta to the nearby presidential palace, which was under heavy police guard. Yesterday’s rally was the latest in a series that have tested religious and ethnic tolerance in Indonesia, a secular nation with the world’s largest Muslim population. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla called on the protesters to respect the legal process and said they would...

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