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Islamists call for Christian mayor to be killed - Indonesia watch

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    In preparation for next years election for major of Jakarta, Islamists have been upping the ante. Islamists have been preaching on streets and in mosques telling the people of Jakarta that according to the Quran, they are not allowed to elect a kafir. Current Jakarta mayor Ahok, a Chinese Christian who is looking to stand in the election responded to these remarks:

    In your inner hearts, Sir/Madam you may not vote for me, because [you have been] lied to by [using] Surah al-Maidah, Verse 51, etc. […] So, if you cannot vote for me because you are afraid of being condemned to hell, you do not need to feel uneasy as you are being fooled. It is alright.
    Because of the comment above, huge protests have taken place across Indonesia with Islamists calling for Ahok to be imprisoned or even killed for blasphemy. Below is an article that discusses that threat Islamists pose to Indonesia's democracy:


    We have long prided ourselves as the world’s third largest democracy after India and the US, and the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. The international community and global media outlets often describe Indonesia’s version of Islam as peaceful, tolerant and moderate.

    On Friday, we woke up to the disturbing reality that we haven’t progressed very far from nativism and tribalism.

    The Nov. 4 rally has exposed some of the ugliest parts of our politics, where skin color, ethnicity and faith become weapons to attack political rivals. Around 100,000 Muslims took to the streets on Friday demanding the prosecution of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy. With the presence of incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama, a Christian and a Chinese-Indonesian, it is easy to see and hear the racist undertones in the political campaigns of his rivals. While the demonstration proceeded peacefully, at least until the evening, it was shocking to see some protesters shouting horrifying phrases such as “kill Ahok”, or displaying posters reading: “Wanted: Ahok, dead or alive”.

    Earlier this week, while flanked by a number of policemen, a protester, dressed in full Islamic garb, made a long speech and offered to give Rp 1 billion (US$76,900) to anyone who could kill Ahok if the incumbent governor visited certain areas in West Jakarta. Shortly after the speech, Ahok was forced to flee from a neighborhood in Rawa Belong in a public minivan after a group of protesters started to taunt him... On Friday, protesters hung a massive banner reading “Hang Ahok Right Now” from a pedestrian bridge near Gambir Station.

    All of us, however, should take responsibility for allowing such sectarian sentiments to grow and fester in our democracy. We have been complacent for too long, happy to think that the movements against Ahok, and those groups responsible for acts of intolerance and violence in this country, are only fringe groups who matter little in politics. On Friday, we were proved wrong.


    Here is a protest song which has emerged with the lyrics "Ahok harus dibunuh" (Ahok must be killed) being chanted enthusiastically by the crowds.

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