Hardline Muslim activists in Solo depart for Jakarta on November 3, 2016 to participate in a planned mass demonstration in protest against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian facing allegations of blasphemy. / AFP / AGUNG
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Tens of thousands of hardline Muslim protesters in Indonesia marched Friday to the presidential palace to demand the resignation of the governor of the capital, Jakarta, who they said had insulted the Koran.The protesters, led by a group called the Islamic Defenders Front, are calling for Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama, a Christian and the first ethnic Chinese in the job, to be jailed for blasphemy.Purnama served as deputy to President Joko Widodo when Widodo was city governor from 2012 to 2014, and has long been seen as an ally of the president.Police are investigating the case against Purnama, who has apologized for the remarks. Widodo, a Muslim, has vowed not to interfere in any legal proceedings against Purnama, according to the Indonesian Clerical Council.
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