INDONESIA – Thousands of Islamists Gather to Commemorate Anniversary of Christian Governors Arrest
International Christian Concern | Dec. 3, 2018
On December 2, an estimated 100, 000 Muslims dressed in white carrying Islamic flags gathered at the national monument in Indonesia’s capitol of Jakarta. The occasion was to mark the second anniversary of a mass protest that led to the downfall, and inevitably the arrest, of Jakarta’s Christian governor.
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was the city’s first ethnic Chinese and second Christian governor. On December 2, 2016, thousands of Muslim hardliners gathered to rallies that demanded him be arrested for blasphemy. Later Basuki, known as Ahok, was arrested for blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of insulting the Quran. Ahok is still serving his sentence to date.