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Indonesia: Jakarta Governor's blasphemy trial attracts protests and demonstrations of support01:29

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor's blasphemy trial attracts protests and demonstrations of support

Indonesia, Jakarta
January 3, 2017 at 18:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as 'Ahok', arrived at the Ministry of Agriculture in Jakarta, Tuesday, for the fourth hearing of his blasphemy trial. Ahok, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for over 50 years, is accused of insulting Islam.

The fourth hearing was moved to the Ministry of Agriculture from the usual North Jakarta District Court for security reasons.

Crowds of his supporters gathered outside to show their support for the Christian governor, while others arrived to protest his actions and to demand the imprisonment of the Jakarta Governor for allegedly insulting Islam. A heavy police deployment of an estimated 2,500 personnel kept both groups separated to avoid any clashes.

Purnama, who is a member of Indonesia's Christian minority, is alleged to have insulted Islam by criticising his opponents' use of verses from the Quran in campaign speeches. If convicted, he could face five years in jail.

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor's blasphemy trial attracts protests and demonstrations of support01:29
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Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as 'Ahok', arrived at the Ministry of Agriculture in Jakarta, Tuesday, for the fourth hearing of his blasphemy trial. Ahok, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for over 50 years, is accused of insulting Islam.

The fourth hearing was moved to the Ministry of Agriculture from the usual North Jakarta District Court for security reasons.

Crowds of his supporters gathered outside to show their support for the Christian governor, while others arrived to protest his actions and to demand the imprisonment of the Jakarta Governor for allegedly insulting Islam. A heavy police deployment of an estimated 2,500 personnel kept both groups separated to avoid any clashes.

Purnama, who is a member of Indonesia's Christian minority, is alleged to have insulted Islam by criticising his opponents' use of verses from the Quran in campaign speeches. If convicted, he could face five years in jail.

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