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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