Over 10,000 Rally in Streets in Support of Indonesian President Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata
Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) More than 10,000 Indonesians took to the streets of their capital to call for tolerance and unity in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, after police opened a blasphemy investigation into the city’s Christian governor.

Earlier this month, Jakarta was rocked by a massive protest by conservative Muslims against the popular Gov. Asuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, with one person killed and dozens injured in rioting. Hard-liners have threatened more protests if Ahok isn’t arrested.

Police last week named Ahok as a suspect in the blasphemy investigation.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Western secular nations need certain blasphemy laws, not Indonesia. LGBT people need certain protection in Islamic lands, not in Western nations.

    • johndoe

      You come on here daily and persecute others as if you are a god. It makes you look foolish at best.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Jesus is the Light of the world and the Hope of all nations. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” ( John chapter 1)

  • Herb Planter

    What a mess

  • Pottendorf

    “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.