Friday's Anti-Ahok Rally Ends on Peaceful Note

BY :BEAWIHARTA

DECEMBER 02, 2016

President Joko "Jokowi" braced the rain to perform the Friday prayer with thousands of Muslims at the National Monument in Jakarta — along with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Chief Security Minister Wiranto, Religious Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and other ministers.

The mass prayer-cum-protest rally was dubbed "Bela Islam" (Defend Islam) and was held to demand the detention of Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnawa for alleged blasphemy.

The peaceful rally ended with a Friday prayer before the large crowd — which filled the National Monument and a long stretch of Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta — dispersed in the afternoon.

President Joko Widodo, third from right, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, second from left, walk out to pray with protesters at the National Monument in Jakarta on Friday (02/12). (Antara Foto via Reuters/M. Agung Rajasa)

Indonesian Muslims gather at a rally calling for the arrest of Jakarta governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, who is accused of insulting the Koran, along Jalan Thamrin in Jakarta on Friday (02/12). (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Muslim filled Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta during another anti-Ahok rally on Friday (02/12). (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Muslims turn a protest against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama into a peaceful Friday prayer out on the streets of Jakarta on Dec. 2. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Muslims pray on the streets near the National Monument in Jakarta during a peaceful anti-Ahok rally on Friday (02/12). (Reuters Photo/Iqro Rinaldi)

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