One of numerous e-cards seen on Indonesia's social media celebrating former Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama's 51st birthday on Thursday (29/06). (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
Ahok's Birthday Celebrated Widely on Social Media
BY : DAMES ALEXANDER SINAGA
JUNE 29, 2017
Jakarta. Former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama’s 51st birthday was celebrated raucously on social media on Thursday (29/06).
Ahok's fans used the hashtag #HBDAhok51 to send the former governor — now serving his two-year sentence for blasphemy at the Police Mobile Brigade detention center in Depok, just outside Jakarta — numerous birthday wishes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Path.
The hashtag #TetapAhok (Forever Ahok) soon joined #HBDAhok51 on the Twitter Trends list in Indonesia.Many of Ahok's supporters believe his two-year sentence for blasphemy was unfair and that the first Chinese-Christian governor of Jakarta in modern era was only a victim of politicians exploiting religious sentiment to promote their own interests.