Hardliners demand death over Jakarta governor's alleged blasphemy
Christian governor accused of misquoting the Quran during a speech
A protester holds a banner: "Jakartans reject Ahok, kick Ahok out of Indonesia"
on Oct. 14 in Jakarta. (ucanews.com photo)
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
Indonesia October 18, 2016
More than 10,000 Muslims from different hard-line organizations staged a rally
at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta after Friday prayers on Oct. 14 to demand
the death penalty for Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
The Protestant governor, popularly known as \"Ahok,\" had committed religious
defamation, according to the protesters.
\"We come here to uphold the greatness of Alla and to defend the Quran,\"
Muhammad Rizieq Shihab, patron of the Islamic Defenders Front, said in a speech
to the crowd.