- Title: Aerial shots of massive march in Indonesia against city governor
- Date: 4th November 2016
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (NOVEMBER 4, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AERIAL SHOTS SHOWING THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS GATHERING NEAR PRESIDENTIAL PALACE PROTESTERS ON ROAD FLAGS FROM ISLAMIC GROUPS PROTESTERS BANNER READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "ISLAM IS MY RELIGION, AHOK (NICKNAME OF JAKARTA'S GOVERNOR BASUKI TJAHAJA PURNAMA) IS MY ENEMY" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WALKING PLACARD SHOWING PURNAMA'S PHOTO VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WALKING HELICOPTER HELICOPTER FLYING ABOVE PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF AERIAL OF PROTEST
- Embargoed: 19th November 2016 09:25
- Keywords: Indonesia protests governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama Christian Muslim Islam Jakarta aerial
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015713J2D
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tens of thousands of hardline Muslim protesters in Indonesia marched on Friday (November 4) to the presidential palace to demand the resignation of the governor of the capital, Jakarta, who they said had insulted the Koran.
The protesters, led by a group called the Islamic Defenders Front, calling for Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian and the first ethnic Chinese in the job, to be jailed for blasphemy.
They say he insulted the Koran by dismissing a political attack by an opponent who urged opposition to Purnama by citing a verse from the Koran.
Purnama, popularly known as 'Ahok', served as deputy to President Joko Widodo when Widodo was city governor from 2012 to 2014, and has long been seen as an ally of the president.
Protesters said they will stay overnight in front of palace if they cannot meet Widodo, who is out visit a rail construction project at the capital's airport.
Police are investigating the case against Purnama, who has apologised for the remarks. Widodo, a Muslim, has vowed not to interfere in any legal proceedings against Purnama, according to the Indonesian Clerical Council.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, where many people follow a moderate form of Islam. While hardliners have launched occasional agitation in the past, protests on such a large scale have been rare.
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