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Jakarta is preparing for the next round of radical Islamic protests against Jakarta’s Christian-Chinese governor scheduled for Friday, December 2nd. The last protest saw Chinese owned shops attacked, at least 100 people injured, and one death. Indonesian police are deploying an additional 22,000 personnel in preparation for the protest. At the same time, however, the police have agreed to not only provide water and toilets for protesters, but are also providing a sound system and a stage. A counselor of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa said, “If there is a rally held outside the venue we have agreed the national police have the right to take preemptive measures.” Many religious and ethnic minorities fear renewed violence against minorities.

12/1/2016 Indonesia (UCA News) – A large number of Muslim hardliners are expected to join a rally in Jakarta on Dec. 2 to again protest against the Christian governor of Jakarta who they accuse of blasphemy.

Muhammad Rizieq Shihab, counselor of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa, said this third rally against Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, would be peaceful.

“The rally will be in the form of a mass prayer gathering,” Shihab, who is also patron of the Islamic Defenders Front, told tempo.co.

Shihab said his movement to safeguard the Indonesian ulema council will not take responsibility for any other rallies besides the mass prayer gathering which is to be held at the National Monument Square in Central Jakarta.

“If there is a rally held outside the venue we have agreed the national police have the right to take preemptive measures,” he said.

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