Jakarta – Indonesia’s capital closes down – You know why?
Pakistani Christian appeals death sentence for blasphemy
Jakarta, Nov 3 (UITV)- The police in Indonesia close down closes down its capital for blasphemy protest. The protest flared up in seconds and the police had to bring down the mob and calm the situation.
What is Blasphemy protest?
Blasphemy against Jakarta Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese and minority Christian who is an ally of the country's president, has galvanized his political opponents in the Muslim-majority nation of 250 million and given a notorious group of hard-liners a national stage.
16,000 policemen were deployed along with 2000 soldiers and 2,000 of Jakarta’s public order officers that will begin right after the coming Friday prayers on 4th Nov 2016.
Indonesians are fighting over blasphemy claim and protest. Police have that they might draw up to 1.00.000 people based on communication with Muslims groups based on its planning.
Muslim protesters hold a banner calling for the arrest of Jakarta's ethnic Chinese and Christian Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok", outside the City Hall.
Blasphemy is a criminal offense in Indonesia and the documentation of 106 convictions for last 10 years, imprisoning few convicts up to five years.
Ahok is seeking a second term and is aspiring to be the Jakarta’s governor and is tough ally to President Joko Widodo in the 2019 presidential elections. This guy is really famous with Jakarta’s middle class.
He is brilliant orator, doesn’t tolerate corruption and chauvinistically portray a vision to make the dysfunctional city of Jakarta to be more clean and tidy and to be like efficient Singapore.
As the city elections approached, the anti-Ahok movement started, which has even attracted moderators as well as hard-line elements.
Sources from the local media tell @UiTVConnect that there is an escalation in the public order offenses with anti-chinese slogans. Not to forget that our Superhero Ahok is the core reason for this protest and is the front runner for the presidential elections in 2019.
On the national stage, Ahok is ranged against former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose son is a candidate for Jakarta governor, a role that is a stepping stone to national leadership.