» 08/27/2012, 00.00
Campaign against Chinese Christian candidate in Jakarta gubernatorial race
Voters in the capital will cast their ballot on 20 September for their new governor. Muslim groups have launched personal racist anti-Christian attacks. Imams and other religious leaders have called on residents to vote only for Muslims. Fears are growing about the campaign’s impact on Indonesia’s fragile social fabric.
15/10/2016 10:23:00 INDONESIA
Jakarta, thousands of Islamic fundamentalists take to streets against Christian governor
Protest organized by the Islamic Defenders Front: "The Koran calls for all the country's leaders to be Muslims." Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,known as "Ahok" is accused of blasphemy for having quoted the sacred text during a rally. Moderate Muslims distance themselves: "We do not agree with this initiative. The governor apologized. "
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.
22/02/2017 16:07:00 INDONESIA
With Ahok leading in first round of gubernatorial election, Islamists protest
Islamic groups want to stop the incumbent governor. In October, he was charged with blasphemy and put on trial. Today’s demonstrations are aimed at pressuring the government. Home Affairs minister notes that only Ahok is targeted.
Jakarta: election victory for challenging duo, ethnic Chinese Christian deputy governor
According to exit polls, Jokowi-Ahok ticket has won (with 53% of the vote). Analysts and experts speak of "historic victory ", which will be also reflected in the national political landscape. The election campaign marked by personal attacks against the Christian candidate.
16/11/2017 17:01:00 INDONESIA
Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech
The sentence is more lenient than the one demanded by the public prosecutor. Buni Yani posted comments to a video he altered. The latter triggered Islamist violence and influenced an election. The images also led the former Christian governor to a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy.
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