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Thousands of Indonesian Islamic hardliners protest against police

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 00:56

About 1,000 members of Indonesian hardline lslamic group, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), call for the resignation of the West Java police chief following a protest last week in which they said the police ''oppressed them with violence.'' Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. About 1,000 members from a hardline Indonesian Islamic group protested on Monday (January 16) against what they said was "police violence" against them, and called for a provincial police chief to step down. Members from Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) holding banners asked police chief Tito Karnavian to fire the West Java province police head as they marched from a mosque in south Jakarta to the police headquarters. The group said it was suppressed last week by police with violence in Bandung, West Java province, during an interrogation of their spiritual leader Habib Rizieq, who is facing allegations of insulting Indonesian founding principles, Pancasila, and first President, Sukarno. Protesters said the action against them was a "hooligan act". The FPI, which claims around five million members and advocates sharia law across Indonesia's multi-cultural archipelago, has a history of harrassing minorities. It has forced churches and mosques run by non-Sunni Muslims to close and raids nightclubs and bars it believes foster immorality.

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Thousands of Indonesian Islamic hardliners protest against police

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 00:56