A police notice, posted on a fence, warns residents not to disrupt public order during upcoming rallies led by hardline Islamists in Jakarta, Indonesia November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Iqro Rinaldi
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for calm on Thursday amid simmering religious tension as helicopters dropped police leaflets over the capital, warning residents of the risk of harsh penalties if new rallies led by Islamists turn violent.Widodo sought this week to reassure investors and show his political coalition is united after over 100,000 Muslims, led by hardline groups, took to the streets on Nov. 4 to call for the ouster of Jakarta's Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, accused of insulting the Koran.Widodo has met with top political, security and religious figures since the Nov. 4 rally, after accusing unidentified "political actors" of inflaming the tension.
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