Crowds gathered for the so-called 112 rally at the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Saturday morning (11/02), despite the rainy conditions. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

Crowds Flock to Istiqlal Mosque for Mass Prayer Despite Downpour

FEBRUARY 11, 2017

Jakarta. Crowds gathered for the so-called 112 rally at the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Saturday morning (11/02), despite the rainy conditions.

Thousands of Muslims participated in a mass prayer, led by the Indonesian Muslim Forum (FUI), to demand that a Muslim leads Jakarta instead of incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

According to Antara news agency, roads around the mosque, including Jalan Juanda and Jalan Banteng Barat, were filled with parked cars.

Heavy traffic congestion was also reported on Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur and at the Tugu Tani intersection at around 08:30, while many people were seen walking towards the mosque from the Manggarai, Cikini and Gondangdia commuter train stations.

Police diverted traffic in several areas, including Senen, Jalan Gajah Mada, Tanah Abang, Semanggi and at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta.

According to reports, the Istiqlal Mosque was filled to the brim during the prayers, with many members of the crowd struggling to find shelter from the rain.

Gubernatorial candidates Agus Yudhoyono, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno also participated in the mass prayer.

The Jakarta Police deployed 23,450 officers and another 4,700 members of the Jakarta Military Command to secure the area.

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