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)
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)
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)
'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)