100,000 Muslims demand Jakarta’s Christian govt be jailed for blasphemy: ‘Hang the traitor’

November 8, 2016 by  
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Indonesia, November 7, 2016: Jakarta’s Christian governor was interrogated by police on Monday after tens of thousands of angry Muslims took to the streets on Friday to demand that he be jailed for allegedly insulting Islam’s holy book, the Quran.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the first Christian in over 50 years to be elected governor of the world’s most populous Muslim nation’s capital, spent nearly nine hours being questioned by authorities after thousands of Muslim demonstrators filled city streets to accuse the governor of committing the criminal offense of blasphemy.

Jakarta’s Christian governor was interrogated by police on Monday after tens of thousands of angry Muslims took to the streets on Friday to demand that he be jailed for allegedly insulting Islam’s holy book, the Quran.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the first Christian in over 50 years to be elected governor of the world’s most populous Muslim nation’s capital, spent nearly nine hours being questioned by authorities after thousands of Muslim demonstrators filled city streets to accuse the governor of committing the criminal offense of blasphemy.

“Pak Ahok answered the questions readily,” Sirra said, according to the Jakarta Post.

After the extensive questioning, the governor offered little comment to the media about his case.

“If you want to ask another question, just ask the police,” Ahok was quoted as saying. “I want to go home. I’m hungry.”

The protest and questioning comes as Ahok is in the midst of a three-way gubernatorial election. According to Sky News, National Police spokesman Boy Amar said the police were investigating the claims of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who said “political actors” were behind the violence of Friday’s protest.

“I really regretted the unruly situation later in the evening because the public who were supposed to disperse themselves turned violent,” Widodo said, according to Jakarta Post. “Political actors are taking advantage of the situation.”

Because of the riots, Widodo was forced to postpone his official visit to Australia that was scheduled for last weekend.

This is not the first time that Purnama has faced protests. After he was elected in 2014 and before he was sworn in, he faced protests over the fact that he is a Christian. Radical Muslims even threatened to storm into his office, The New York Times reports.

According to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List, Indonesia ranks as the 43rd worst country in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians. Muslims make up over 87 percent of the country’s population, while Christians make up about 8.8 percent of the total population.

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