ICC Note: Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Aziz has promised that the police officials will be deployed to guard the Christmas celebration in the city. Last year, some raids were conducted by hard-line Islamic organizations which prevented people from celebrating Christmas. This year, Mr. Aziz stated that the police will make sure that no group would conduct raids to ban Christmas – related accessories.
12/08/2017 Indonesia (Jakarta Post) – Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Aziz asserted on Friday that he had instructed all police chiefs across the city to make sure that no group would conduct raids to ban Christmas-related accessories, approaching the Christmas celebration this year.
“Such raids are forbidden,” Idham said. “We have to guarantee that the Christmas celebration will run safely and orderly,” he added as quoted by kompas.com.
To guard Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, the police chief will deploy roughly 21,000 police officers.
Last year, some raids were conducted by hard-line Islamic organizations, including the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), in public spaces and malls to spread the Indonesian Ulema Council’s (MUI) edict forbidding Muslims from wearing Christmas attire.