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As Ahok, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, becomes the first non-Muslim to lead Jakarta, Islamists rage
In a break with tradition, Tjahaja Basuki Purnama was sworn in today by President Jokowi, his predecessor as Jakarta governor, at the Presidential Palace, and not by the Home Affairs Ministry. Extremist groups call for the ouster of the new governor. Thousands of police have been deployed to enforce security.
Muslim-Christian duo to run Jakarta, Islamists lash out
Jokowi and his deputy Ahok will begin running the capital on 7 October. For analysts and experts, their election marks an historic turning point. However, Muslim extremists bemoan their victory, calling it a bad and dark day for the nation. Islamists expect "immorality" will become widespread among residents.
20/07/2015 INDONESIA – ISLAM
Jakarta governor defends the right of Ahmadis to freedom of worship
A Christian of Sino-Indonesian heritage, Ahok slammed recent attacks against the minority in the capital. On 10 July, Islamic extremist groups disrupted a prayer service in a place of worship they were able to shut down. For the governor, the principle of religious freedom applies to everyone. Indonesia "was not born under the tyranny" of the majority, "but based on the Constitution”.
06/06/2016 11:41:00 INDONESIA
Jakarta Governor: Headscarf not mandatory in schools
Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, has spoken to 1700 principals of the metropolis, announcing students are free choose what clothes to wear: "Muslims cannot force everyone else to follow their precepts".
05/11/2016 13:28:00 INDONESIA
For President Widodo, yesterday's demonstrations infiltrated by political agitators
An emergency security meeting is held at the presidential palace after crowd clashes with police. Ethnic Chinese start to express fears. The "blasphemy" case against Jakarta governor will be held in the coming weeks "in a transparent, speedy and clear manner." Deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah, who wants to force Widodo from office, was among the crowd of protesters.
13/11/2016 13:14:00 INDONESIA
Bomb attack on Samarinda church leaves four injured
A child among the wounded. AsiaNews sources: the author was stopped by the crowd and arrested. A strategy of tension that finds its roots in a blasphemy accusation against governor of Jakarta. The real goal: to topple President Joko Widodo.
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