Security tight ahead of mass rally against governor in Jakarta



    Security tight ahead of mass rally against governor in Jakarta

    Nov.4, Jakarta: Security has been ramped up ahead of a mass rally against the governor of Jakarta by hard-line Muslims demanding he is prosecuted for blasphemy.

    About 20,000 security personnel have been deployed amid fears of violence.

    Basuki Tjahja Purnama, a Christian, is the first ethnic Chinese to hold the governor's post in the capital of majority Muslim Indonesia.

    Thousands are expected to join the protest and police are on high alert for religious and racial tensions.

    In 1998, a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment led to mobs looting and burning Chinese-owned shops and houses.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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