Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia blasphemy protest swells to crowd of 200,000

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, a political ally of the governor who angered hard-liners by being out of the city during their first protest, unexpectedly went to the national monument to join Friday prayers with the sprawling crowd. He called for protesters to leave peacefully. They cheered and then broke into chants calling for Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's arrest, but later, people streamed peacefully out of the area and marched to a major traffic...

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