Friday's Anti-Ahok Rally Ends on Peaceful Note
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.