House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon, center, meeting with Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab, left, on Jan. 11. Fadli said Saturday's planned protest rally will be permitted as it has no political objective. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

House Deputy Speaker to Allow 112 Rally as It Has 'No Political Objective'

BY :HOTMAN SIREGAR & EKO PRASETYO

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Jakarta. House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon said the protest rally set to take place at the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Saturday (11/02) will be allowed to proceed as it has no political objective.

"If the rally is related to the regional elections, it will not be allowed, but if it has not related to politics, I don't think it would be a problem," Fadli said at the legislative complex in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Thursday.

Police earlier banned the so-called 112 rally over security concerns ahead of the mandatory pre-election quiet period, which will start on Sunday.

However, Fadli said rally organizers no longer need to apply for a permit and that they only have to notify the authorities.

"I think no more permits are needed for the public to hold protest rallies. They only have to notify the police," he said.

The lawmaker added that based on the law, the organizers only need to follow regulations related to protest rallies, such as starting and ending times, the maintenance of public order and preventing damage to property.

Fadli and fellow House Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah were reported to the national legislature's board of ethics on Nov. 11 last year for incitement after the Nov. 4 rally descended into in chaos.

The Pro Justicia Enforcement Committee (KPPJ) accused them of having incited a riot in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta.

However, Fadli dismissed the report as an attempt to seek sensation.

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