Islamists Fearing 'Communist Revival' Rally on Jakarta's Streets

Women join the rally to fight against a so-called 'communist revival.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 3:31 PM October 02, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Islamist groups, who said they feared a "communist revival," rallied in front of the House of Representatives building in Jakarta on Friday (29/09). They also protested against a regulation in lieu of law, nicknamed Perppu Ormas, issued by the government earlier this year that has the power to disband organizations deemed to be anti-Pancasila — Indonesia's official five-tenet state ideology — or anti-Constitution. The crowd on Friday was estimated to number around 50,000 people.

'Perppu Ormas is Proof of an Anti-Islam Dictator,' one sign says during Friday's demonstration. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) 'Perppu Ormas is Proof of an Anti-Islam Dictator,' one sign says during Friday's demonstration. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Some of the speeches were so loud that demonstrators were covering their ears. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Some of the speeches were so loud that demonstrators were covering their ears. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Some protesters carry flags supporting the establishment of a caliphate in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Some protesters carry flags supporting the establishment of a caliphate in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protesters raise fists under a pro-caliphate flag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protesters raise fists under a pro-caliphate flag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students were among a fifty thousand-strong crowd on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Students were among a fifty thousand-strong crowd on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

'The world has gone topsy-turvy: Islam is getting obliterated, PKI (the banned Indonesian Communist Party) is getting all the assistance it doesn't need,' says a banner on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) 'The world has gone topsy-turvy: Islam is getting obliterated, PKI (the banned Indonesian Communist Party) is getting all the assistance it doesn't need,' says a banner on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A boy joins the protest after performing his Friday prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A boy joins the protest after performing his Friday prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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