Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and Pancasila Front Group burn flags they claim to be symbols of the Indonesian Communist Party in April 2016. (Antara Photo/Didik Suhartono)

Jokowi Tweets Warning Against Intolerant Groups


DECEMBER 21, 2016

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given a clear warning against intolerant mass organizations on his Twitter account, following a series of raids by hardline groups on shops, restaurants and malls.

"Law enforcers should not hesitate to take firm action against mass organizations that are violating the law and menacing the society," Jokowi posted on his official Twitter account on Monday evening (19/12).

The warning followed a public outcry on social media after the FPI raided several shopping malls in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday.

The FPI denied they were raiding the malls and claimed they were only reminding shopkeepers to follow an edict issued by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) banning Muslims from wearing Christmas outfits and accessories.

Jokowi summoned National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian on Tuesday to discuss the incident.

Later Tito reprimanded Muslim organizations, including the hardline Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), for conducting the raids and ordered them to stop.

Two weeks ago, another mass organization in Bandung, West Java, had ended a Christmas celebration at the Sabuga convention center in the city.

Several days after, the West Java Police and Bandung Police chiefs were replaced, although the police denied the move was related to the Sabuga incident.