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Thousands rally in Jakarta over Governor's alleged blasphemy

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Jakarta, Nov 4: Thousands of protesters waving flags marched through Jakarta on Friday, demanding the ouster of Indonesian capital city’s Governor, who has been accused of blasphemy against Muslims. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purma, commonly known as Ahok, was alleged to have insulted Muslims by criticising his opponents’ use of a Quranic verse in a stump speech, CNN Indonesia reported. As many as 18,000 police and military personnel were deployed for Friday’s protest, and an inner ring of approximately 100 armed military guards are deployed outside the Governor’s residence. The police have called on demonstrators to exercise their right to protest and freedom of expression in a peaceful manner. Residents have been warned to avoid the protest route and avoid sharing “unclear... provocative and incorrect information” on social media, police chief Tito Karvian said in a statement. (ians)

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