JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, reports AFP.
The rally was organised by the top Islamic authority the Indonesian Ulema Council and supported by the government as well as several other Islamic organisations.
Police said 80,000 protesters gathered at the National Monument, a tower that looms over central Jakarta, waving the Palestine flag and banners reading “Free Palestine” as they chanted “God is greatest!”
“This is my solidarity as a Muslim to my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine... the Al-Aqsa mosque, a historical mosque for Muslims, is there (in Jerusalem),” said Hermawati, from the nearby city of Bogor, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Dressed mostly in white, the demonstrators urged the US to change its decision.
Indonesia’s religious affairs minister and Jakarta’s governor were among those at the protest site just a few metres from the US embassy, which was cordoned off behind coils of razor wire.