Govt to go to court to disband radical group
JAKARTA: Indonesia said yesterday it would disband the local branch of radical group Hizbut-Tahrir, as concerns grow about hardliners in the country.
Hizbut-Tahrir, which calls for syariah and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades.
While most people practise a moderate form of Islam in the country, fears have been growing about the influence of radicals, particularly after protests against the city’s Christian governor.
Announcing the plan, Chief Security Minister Wiranto said: “The government needs to firmly take legal steps to disband Hizbut-Tahrir Indonesia.”
He said authorities would go to court to get the group dissolved, but insisted that the decision did not mean the government was against all Muslim organisations.