INDONESIA: Radical Muslims Protest Over Appointment Of A Christian Governor

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Hundreds of Islamic hardliners on Wednesday protested against the incoming governor of the Indonesian capital, labelling the Christian, ethnic Chinese politician an “infidel” and “the devil”.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama new Christian leader of Indonesia
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama new Christian leader of Indonesia

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama a Christian will be Jakarta’s first leader from the tiny ethnic minority of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, and only the second Christian governor to lead the capital. While many have hailed his rise as a sign of growing tolerance towards Christian minority that has traditionally faced discrimination in Indonesia, the country’s small but vocal hardliner fringe has taken issue with his appointment.