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Protest against Jakarta governor who 'insulted Koran'

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:16

Thousands of Muslims rally in the Indonesian capital to demand for the arrest of the city's governor, who's accused of insulting the Koran.

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A protest against Jakarta's governor has drawn thousands of Muslims onto the streets. Basuki Tjahaja (Jahaya) Purnama has been accused of insulting the Koran. Tens of thousands of police have been deployed to avoid a repeat of last month's violent protest led by hardline Islamists. Many demonstrators say they're frustrated and call for Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, to be locked up. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PROTESTER FROM WEST SUMATRA PROVINCE, ABU MUJAHIT SAYING: "Arrest Ahok. What are they waiting for since there are evidence showing he is guilty? What is the reason for not arresting him? The authorities had given a lot of excuses on why they don't arrest him, like saying 'he has been cooperative'." Purnama has denied blasphemy but apologized for the comments he made during a speech in September, where he said opponents deceived voters by attacking him using a verse from the Koran. An edited version of the speech, where Purnama appeared to be criticizing the holy book rather than his rivals, went viral online. His ally, President Joko Widodo, has blamed "political actors" for taking advantage of the fury among Muslims to further their own ends and sabotage his chances of winning a second term in 2019.

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Protest against Jakarta governor who 'insulted Koran'

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:16