University students protest in front of the Democratic Party headquarters in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Saturday (11/02) to demand the disbandment of radical groups like the FPI. (Antara Photo/Adwit B. Pramono)
University Students in Manado Take to Streets to Demand FPI Disbandment
BY :CARLOS KY PAATH
FEBRUARY 12, 2017
Jakarta. University students from all over North Sulawesi protested in front of the Democratic Party headquarters in the provincial capital Manado on Saturday (11/02) to demand the disbandment of hardline Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI.
The students performed street theater to protest increasing radicalism in the country, rally coordinator Clay said.
"We want the government to disband FPI and other radical organizations," he added.
"We also call on SBY to stop intolerant and racist acts," Clay said, referring to the Democratic Party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by his nickname.
The rally also called on Indonesians to embrace the original values of the official state ideology Pancasila.
"Pancasila values have been washed out. They can help us filter information and ideologies that may lead us astray," the STISIP Manado student said.
"There is no place for radical organizations in Indonesia. Indonesia is a peaceful country and we've always upheld the values of pluralism," he added.