Em­bassy warns Kuwaitis in In­done­sia amid protests

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait Em­bassy in In­done­sia urges its na­tion­als to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions and avoid sites of the anti-gov­er­nor protests, due to be re­newed in Jakarta. The planned protests are ex­pected to be staged in Gam­bir district, and at the Jakarta Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Peo­ple’s Con­sul­ta­tive As­sem­bly, Ho­tel In­done­sia and the Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Monas Square in Cen­tral Jakarta, the em­bassy noted in a state­ment on Thurs­day night.

The state­ment ad­vised the Kuwaiti na­tion­als to re­port to the em­bassy on any even­tu­al­ity via the phone No.: +6281513252597 or +6281290992638. It ex­pressed wishes of safety, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity for the friendly repub­lic of In­done­sia. On Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, vi­o­lent protests erupted in Jakarta de­mand­ing the ouster of the city’s gov­er­nor Ba­suki Tja­haja Pur­nama, who was ac­cused of blas­phemy af­ter mak­ing slan­der­ous state­ments against Mus­lims and the Holy Qu­ran.

One man died and nearly 200 pro­test­ers and po­lice per­son­nel were in­jured in the bloody clashes. Pur­nama, a Chris­tian of Chi­nese de­scent who is also known as “Ahok”, is ex­pected to face in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion since his op­po­nents filed a law­suit against him; the date of his pros­e­cu­tion has yet to be spec­i­fied. Al­though he apol­o­gized for the com­ments he made in Septem­ber, his op­po­nents in­sist on his ouster and gave the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo a two-week ul­ti­ma­tum to re­place him.

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