Indonesia tightens security before protest against Jakarta governor
More than 100,000 Indonesians are expected to rally on Friday to call for the arrest of the Christian governor of the capital, Jakarta, for alleged blasphemy, as police staged drills and prepared water cannon after violence at a protest last month.
Authorities are hoping to avoid a repeat of Nov. 4 when one person killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes with police during a similar rally led by hardline Islamists.
Muslim groups accuse Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama of insulting the Koran, though they have pledged that Friday’s demonstration will be peaceful.[nL4N1DT2W6].
Police brought in water cannon and barbed wire to the site of the rally, a central Jakarta park, on Thursday.
“We are expecting over 100,000 participants,” said Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono.
“There is enough security so the public need not worry. We hope everything will proceed according to the agreement with the protesters.”