Gov­er­nor ques­tioned af­ter vi­o­lent protest

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DONE­SIAN po­lice ques­tioned Jakarta’s Chris­tian gov­er­nor yes­ter­day for al­legedly in­sult­ing Is­lam, af­ter the ac­cu­sa­tions sparked a vi­o­lent mass protest by hard­lin­ers in the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try.

The Novem­ber 4 demon­stra­tion started peace­fully but de­scended into chaos as night fell with pro­test­ers torch­ing po­lice cars and hurl­ing rocks and bot­tles in the heart of the cap­i­tal, as they de­manded the leader be jailed for blas­phemy.

Scores of po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured and one man died amid the clashes close to the pres­i­den­tial palace af­ter tear gas fired by au­thor­i­ties trig­gered an asthma at­tack.

The protest in­volv­ing tens of thou­sands of hard­lin­ers was sparked by ac­cu­sa­tions gov­er­nor Ba­suki Tja­haja Pur­nama, a Chris­tian and a mem­ber of the eth­nic Chi­nese mi­nor­ity, in­sulted the Ko­ran dur­ing cam­paign­ing for elec­tions for the Jakarta gov­er­nor­ship.

He said his op­po­nents were us­ing a Ko­ranic verse which sug­gests Mus­lims should not choose nonMus­lims as lead­ers in or­der to trick peo­ple into vot­ing against him.

Po­lice had al­ready launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mr Pur­nama, known by his nick­name Ahok, be­fore the protest af­ter Mus­lim groups ac­cused him of break­ing the coun­try’s tough blas­phemy laws.

If found guilty Mr Pur­nama – who is favourite to win the Fe­bru­ary elec­tions against two Mus­lim op­po­nents – could be jailed for up to five years.

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