Jakarta. Incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat was again prevented from campaigning for the 2017 gubernatorial election when an unknown group denied him entry to a neighborhood in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on Friday (25/11).
Members of the group said Djarot was not welcome in the area because of his association with running mate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who was declared a suspect in a blasphemy case last week.
"We do not want our neighborhood to host the friend of a religious blasphemer," an unknown man shouted before being joined by others.
Djarot proceeded towards the group after hearing the shouts, but police officers advised him to turn back, which he did before heading to the Pejompongan area.
As the situation started to unfold, security officials immediately formed a barricade around the deputy governor. A tense standoff ensued, which resulted in his evacuation after efforts to conduct a dialog failed.
The unknown group dispersed after Djarot's departure.