JAKARTA – More protesters in Indonesia took to the streets in downtown Jakarta on Sunday (Dec 10), to rally against United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
About 6,000 protesters gathered outside the American embassy in Jakarta, police spokesman Argo Yuwono said.
The group is led by Prosperous Justice Party’s (PKS) secretary-general Mustafa Kamal, and the party’s president, Mr Sohibul Iman.
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The PKS is an Islamic political party that is part of the opposition coalition in Indonesia.
“We are here to show that we disagree, and are against (Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) and we believe the majority of the world’s people are opposed to what Donald Trump claims,” Mr Sohibul told Detik news.
A separate group comprising activists from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia, or the Indonesia Volunteer Society, has gathered at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout, the heart of the main thoroughfare in Central Jakarta that is closed every Sunday for Car-Free-Day.
The protesters, mostly dressed in traditional Arabic clothing known as jubah, were seen waving Indonesian and Palestinian flags, as well as carrying placards with slogans such as “Free Palestine”, or “Kita Bersama Palestina”, which means “We are together with Palestine”.