Muslims ready for protests against blasphemy in Indonesia

Tens of thousands of hard-line Muslims are marching against the governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, demanding he is prosecuted for blasphemy.

Basuki Tjahja Purnama, a Christian, is the first ethnic Chinese to hold the governor’s post in the capital of majority Muslim Indonesia.

Protesters gathered at the Istiqlal mosque and are heading towards the presidential palace as police brace for the possibility of religious and racial tensions.

On 28 September, Mr Purnama, in comments that were filmed, said those using the passage – Surat Almaidah 51 – against him were “lying”.

Mr Purnama has since apologised but formal complaints were lodged against him by Islamic groups for defamation.

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