Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama in this July 2016 file photo. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Ahok Safe Despite Small Demonstration Outside His Residential Complex: Police

BY :DETI MEGA PURNAMASARI

NOVEMBER 05, 2016

Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" Purnama is safe with his family in the Pantai Mutiara housing complex in North Jakarta, according to the chief of police in Penjaringan subdistrict.

"He is safe, along with his family," said Comr. Bismo Teguh Prakoso, who participated in guarding the area surrounding Ahok's housing complex late on Friday (04/11).

He said Ahok did not complain much to see so many members of the police and the military on standby in front of the housing complex.

He said a group of demonstrators attempted to force their way into the complex at around 06.11 p.m. but that tight security foiled their efforts.

According to BeritaSatu.com, about a hundred young people dressed in traditional white Islamic clothing were seen in the area at that time.

"Where is the governor? Come out to Luar Batang," one of the protestor said, while accelerating his motorcycle's engine.

They were seen carrying the flag of an Islamic group called Laskar Kampung Luar Batang.

This incident caused panic among residents, who fled to safety.

Comr. Bismo explained that members of the group arrived in three buses, accompanied by some on motorcycles, while on their way home after participating in the mass rally in Central Jakarta.

"They were on their way home," he said, "but the incident only lasted about 15 minutes before law enforcement officers brought the situation under control."

Kampung Luar Batang is a village in Penjaringan subdistrict that was previously embroiled in controversy after news that the Jakarta government planned to demolish the fishing village, including a historical mosque that harbors an Islamic leader's grave, which is considered sacred.

The plan was eventually shelved, but it was replaced by the construction of a sheet-pile wall around Sunda Kelapa Harbor, which is also located near Luar Batang.

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