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Trial of Ahok - Supremacists on the March?

Andreas Harsono

20-Dec-16 08:35

Trial

The blasphemy trial of the Governor of Jakarta is capturing headlines globally as it is seen as a barometer of the influence of Islamic supremacists in Indonesian politics. It resumes today after a brief adjournment. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok as he is called, was accused of committing blasphemy after he referred to a verse of the Qur'an while he was delivering a speech in September this year.

Today we ask if this trial is about an instance of blasphemy or is it more about the identity of the Governor - both a Christian and an Ethnic Chinese. We also ask if the trial will address the underlying struggle for state power that is being played out in the background.

Sharaad Kuttan reports.


Tags:  IndonesiaJakartaAhokBasuki PurnamablasphemyIslamMuslimChineseChristianGovernment/Regulatory/Policy MakingPolitics, News, Current Affairs

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