Jakarta residents are protesting against the Governor accused of blasphemy

Жители Джакарты протестуют против губернатора, обвиняемого в кощунстве

A new protest against the Governor of the Special capital territory of Jakarta Basuki Cahaya Purnama began in the centre of the Indonesian capital peacefully, reports online news portal Detik.com.

Purnama is the first in the history of the Jakarta Governor is a Christian and the first ethnic Chinese in this position. He took this position in 2014 after his former boss, Widodo was elected President of Indonesia. Purnama, won the popularity of the capital’s residents with the struggle against corruption and bureaucracy, now called the most probable winner of the upcoming February elections of the Governor. It is regarded as a possible candidate for Vice-President in the team Widodo for the next presidential election in 2019. The Islamists accuse the Governor of blasphemous statements about the Qur’an.

“Thousands of Muslims gather in the square in front of the National monument to participate in a mass prayer. Most of them dressed in white”, — reports the newspaper Jakarta Globe. The Russian Embassy in Jakarta has urged on its website in Indonesia Russian citizens to demonstrate on Friday while moving through the Central part of the city with vigilance and caution, avoid places of a mass congestion of people.

Earlier, the representative of the national police Fight Rafli Amar said that security in the course of the campaign, which is expected to involve up to 150 thousand people, will provide about 22 thousand police and military. According to him, the police agreed with the organisers that the rally will “supermini”, and it remains only to ensure that all have fulfilled their promises.

Meanwhile, held on 4 November to protest against the Governor, who is accused of blasphemous remarks about the Quran, over night clashes, which wounded at least 83-x five Indonesian police and military. After the police used tear gas for medical assistance 160 demonstrators. One of the participants of the protest — an elderly man — has died from asthma.

This time the procession through the streets is not allowed: police escort the protesters to the site at the National monument, where for five hours will be held the rally. The traffic on the streets around the National monument closed. The Ministry of communication and information of Indonesia blocked the website of the founder of the radical Front of the defenders of Islam Risika Shihab (Rizieq Shihab) in connection with accusations of hate speech on racial and religious grounds.

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