Group Reports Former President Yudhoyono for Alleged Hatemongering

Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday (30/10) called for a revision of the new Law on Mass Organizations, threatening to reject it otherwise. (Antara Photo/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

By : Yustinus Paat, Novi Setuningsih & Eko Prasetyo | on 9:34 PM November 11, 2016
Category : News, Crime, Jakarta, Politics

Jakarta. A group claiming to be alumni of the Islamic Students' Association, or HMI, reported former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit in Jakarta on Thursday (10/11), claiming that he had incited ethnic hatred.

The group, known as Forum Silaturahmi Alumni HMI Lintas Generasi (Intergenerational Alumni Forum of the HMI), has studied a speech Yudhoyono made on Nov. 2 before last week's mass rally against incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and concluded that it contained statements that could have led to racial tensions.

"We have reported former President Yudhoyono for statements he made in his speech. At first it seems that he had called for a peaceful protest. However, after we studied it, it appeared to us that the speech might have contained incitement to ethnic hatred," organization chairman Mustaghfirien said.

According to the organization's secretary, Adhel Setiawan, various political actors have been involved in the anti-Ahok rally.

"Yudhoyono's speech allegedly contained incitement to commit crime, as per Article 160 of the Criminal Code, therefore, we urge the police to investigate it," Adhel said.

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