A man sings an anti-communist song during a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Islamists Protest Against 'Pro-Communist' Pancasila Bill
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
JUNE 24, 2020
Islamist groups, including the National Anti-Communist Alliance (Anak NKRI), the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), brought hundreds of protesters to the streets in front of the House of Representatives (MPR) in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday, to try to get lawmakers to drop the so-called "Pancasila Ideology Guidelines" bill.
The groups are against the bill because it failed to include a ban on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) originally issued by a temporary MPR in 1966. They also claimed an article on the bill might offer a loophole to slash the five-point Pancasila into a three-point Trisila or a single-point Ekasila.
The protesters hung giant banners of Habib Rizieq, the FPI leader currently in self-exile in Saudi Arabia, off a pedestrian bridge. They also sang anti-communist songs while a man delivered an impassioned speech from a car roof.
A protester also regularly sprayed disinfectant among the crowd to try to prevent transmission of Covid-19.