Protesters stand on a poster with a caricature of French President Emmanuel Macron in front of the Embassy of France building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Islamist Protest After Macron's 'anti-Islam' Statements

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

NOVEMBER 02, 2020

Jakarta. Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, an Islamist hardline group, has staged a protest in front of the Embassy of France building at Jalan MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Monday.

Hundreds of protesters bring posters with caricatures and photos of the face of French President Emmanuel Macron, who they deemed disrespectful toward Islam and the Muslim community worldwide.

Indonesian police personnels have secured Jalan MH Thamrin, directly in front of the French Embassy building. Barbed wire and a concrete barrier had been installed before the crowd with a police command car parked at the Sarinah Mall's front. During the demonstration, the traffic flow on Jalan MH Thamrin towards the Hotel Indonesia roundabout was closed and diverted to other road sections.

The Islamists criticized President Emmanuel Macron's 'anti-islam' statements. In their oration, the protesters called Macron with a new nickname 'Macaroni'. The protesters demanded that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo condemn the French president's statement and close the country's embassy, call for nationwide boycott of French goods and services, and expel French people from Indonesia.

A protester stands beside a caricature of French President Emmanuel Macron during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester stands in front of a caricature of French President Emmanuel Macron during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha BasIn
Islamist gather in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11) call for nationwide boycott of French goods and services. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Islamists gather in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday, calling for a nationwide boycott of French goods and services. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester takes a selfie during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester takes a group selfie during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester punches a poster during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester punches a poster during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters pray during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters pray during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester puts his sandal on a poster with photo of Frens President Emmanuel Macron during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester puts his sandal on a poster with a photo of Frens President Emmanuel Macron during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester prays during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester prays during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester cries as he sings Selawat Nabi during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester cries as he sings "Selawat Nabi" or "Prayer for the Prophet" song during a protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester shouts during protest in front of French Embassy in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester shouts during protest in front of the French Embassy building in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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