Police Expect 50,000 Protesters at Friday's Anti-Ahok Rally

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ

NOVEMBER 02, 2016

Jakarta. The police estimate that around 50,000 protesters will take to Jakarta's streets on Friday (04/11) in a rally organized by hardline Muslim groups against Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

"No matter how many people come to protest, we want them to maintain order," National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Wednesday.

According to Tito, there is no reason for the protesters to hold a rally, as their demands to initiate legal proceedings with regard to Ahok's blasphemy allegations have already been met.

"The case is being processed in accordance with the procedures," Tito said.

Since the protesters have also demanded that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo "put Ahok in jail," Tito explained that this would be beyond the president's powers.

If the protesters want the case to be concluded quickly, the procedures require the complainants and witnesses to come forward as soon as possible, before the police have to summon them, he said.

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