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20 FPI members held after clash at City Hall The Jakarta police have held 20 members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in riots and vandalism during rallies at City Hall and the Jakarta Legislative Assembly Building here on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor demands seven months jail for FPI members in riot The Semarang court prosecutor on Thursday demanded a seven-month jail term for two members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in clashes with the locals in the Sukorejo sub-district last July.

Posted in Violence @ 24 October 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali Youth Alliance rejects radical organizations Several members of the Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance staged a protest outside Bali Police Headquarters here on Monday to denounce the presence of radical organizations in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI Attempting to March on Bali Tempo.com reports that around 100 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) from East Java are attempting to cross over on the ferry crossing from Ketapang, East Java to Gilimanuk, Bali. The group is reportedly intent on disrupting the Miss World Competition being held at Nusa Dua, Bali.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question seven FPI members following clashes The police questioned seven members of the Islamic Defenders` Front (FPI) following clashes between members of the Islamic-based organization with local people in Kendal (Central Java Province) and Makassar (South Sulawesi), an official said.

Posted in Violence @ 24 July 2013 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Large protest against anti-Islam movie near US embassy Thousands of people from various organizations in Jakarta held a demonstration in front of the US Embassy on Monday afternoon, protesting against the anti-Islam movie, `Innocence of Muslims`, produced by an American and posted on You Tube.

Posted in Protests @ 17 September 2012 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundred books with insults on Prophet Mohammad burned PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the publisher of a book containing insults about the Prophet Mohammad, burned hundreds of copies of the book on Wednesday following protests from Islamic organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidate: 'Cops should stand up to anti-Gaga groups' Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Faisal Basri is calling on police to stand up against aggressive organizations threatening violence over US singer Lady Gaga’s concert in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2012 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to send 364 personnel to Pontianak over FPI The National Police Headquarters has sent 364 Mobile Brigade members to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in anticipation of security disruptions.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Kalimantan officially rejects FPI The Central Kalimantan administration announced Wednesday that it issued a letter, rejecting the presence of hard-liner group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in the province. The administration sent the letter to Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 February 2012 13:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI has renounced violence, says chairman Chairman of the Islam Defenders` Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq said members of his organization had abandoned violence as a way of expressing their aspirations. Habib made the statement during meeting with Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 February 2012 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI involved in 34 violence cases in 2010-2011 The police have recorded a total of 34 cases of violence or destructive behavior by FPI (Islam Defenders Front) members across the country in the period 2010-2011, a spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 18 February 2012 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to revise law on mass organizations The government planned to revise Law No 8 of 1985 on mass organizations (Ormas) to make them in line with the latest developments following the reform era. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disclosed the plan in a meeting with journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 15 February 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowd storms Cilik Riwut airport to bar FPI leader's entry Hundreds of people on Saturday forced their way on to the apron of Cilik Riwut airport to prevent the arrival of FPI (Islam Defenders Front) leader Habib Rizieq in Palangka Raya.

Posted in Culture @ 12 February 2012 04:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Moslem demonstrators protest construction of church Around 3,000 people from various Moslem organizations on Thursady staged a demonstration that blocked the Cikarang Barat toll road exit to protest the construction of a church.

Posted in Religion @ 29 December 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


FPI ready to help secure Christmas celebrations The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is ready to help police secure places of worship during Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country, its chief said. "We always get involved in efforts to secure places of warship to create a conducive situation," FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq said here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks release: Police deny relations with FPI The National Police denied on Sunday a Wikileaks statement about an alleged police relationship with the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). "Wikileaks data is false, inaccurate and obtained without facts," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 September 2011 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical Islamic Indonesian group prays for bin Laden They chanted "Osama, Hero! ... Obama, Terrorist! ... Destroy America!" Hundreds of followers of the Islamic Defenders Front gathered Wednesday at its Jakarta headquarters to give Osama bin Laden "a million thanks and honor." They sang Islamic songs before chanting prayers for bin Laden.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for church HKBP attack On Thursday, three people were sentenced to several months in prison for their involvement on an organized attack on a church congregation in Ciketing, Bekasi. Bekasi District Court sentenced Murhali Barda, the head of the Bekasi Raya branch of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), to five months and 15 days in prison, for "unpleasant conduct".

Posted in Violence @ 24 February 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI threatens to topple Indonesian president Yudhoyono The clowns of the radical islamic world in Indonesia have made threats against the state earlier today. The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) warns it will overthrow Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from government if he dares disband any mass organization, including FPI.

Posted in Religion @ 10 February 2011 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI continues war against Christians On the morning of 12th December about 250 men from militant groups Front Pembela Islam (FPI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and Gerakan Reformasi Islam (Garis) raided seven houses believed to be being used as informal or illegal churches in the Rancaekek area of Bandung, West Java.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister tells Bekasi mayor to act against FPI Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi has asked Bekasi mayor to take actions against the local chapter of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) if the hard-line organization’s leaders are found guilty of committing a crime that sparks public fear. "If the FPI chairman is involved the mayor needs to take actions," Gamawan was quoted by kompas.com.

Posted in Violence @ 17 September 2010 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI gets to keep a grave as reward for murder He was most probably completely absent-minded when he decided that the grave of some dead descendant of Muhammad in Koja, northern Jakarta, should become a national historic monument. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo made this decision less than 24 hours after a bloody riot between civil police and members of the radical islamic FPI ('Front Pembela Islam', Islamic Defenders' Front) yesterday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 April 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Pelindo v.s. Islamists: two dead and counting The evacuation of the grave of Habib Hasan bin Muhammad al Haddad alias Mbah Priok, in Koja, North Jakarta, has ended in a big brawl between members of the civil police Satpol PP and members of the radical Islamic FPI (Front Pembela Islam) and FBR (Forum Betawi Rembug). The grave has to be demolished in favour of a new seaport terminal, but the Islamists have other plans obviously.

Posted in Religion @ 14 April 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Poll: Miss Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar most popular The Indonesian contestant currently competing in the Miss Universe competition, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, leads the online poll sponsored by the event. In the poll, in which tens of thousands of visitors have voted for their favorite woman, the Indonesian is followed by Brazilian Larissa Costa and Guatemalan Lourdes Figueroa.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI holds warfare training and recruitment session for Gaza At a prayer gathering, some 500 members of the radical Islamic Islamic Defenders Front FPI (Front Pembela Islam), held a warfare training session at the Mekarhayu Mosque in the village of Cilame in West Bandung. The activities that were organized there are related to volunteers of FPI who want to help ease the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip, caused by the Israeli actions there.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 January 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Muslim hardliner sentenced to 18 months in jail An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced a Muslim hardliner to 18 months in prison for his role in a violent attack against an interfaith rally in June that left dozens of people injured. The Central Jakarta district court found Habib Rizieq Shihab, chairman of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), guilty of committing an act of inciting hatred and instigating violence.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of FPI run into police raid in downtown Jakarta Dozens of members from the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) who were headed to Istana Negara - the state palace - ran into a police raid in the Semanggi area. The group dressed in mainly white which used cars and motorbikes were stopped for not wearing helmets and not being able to show their driving licenses. Furthermore the group was stopped for bringing flags and other attributes because it endangered other road users.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2008 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dozens of FPI members demonstrate against Ahmadiyah in Makassar Dozens of members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) have demonstrated in front of the regional representative office of Ahmadiyah in Makassar earlier today. They asked the government to release a presidential decree about the Ahmadiyah sect because it is said to have stained Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 20 June 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI 'general' Machsuni arrested in Cirebon The regional police has finally arrested the 'general' of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) Mohammad Machsuni Kaloko (40) in the Pondok Griya housing complex in Cirebon, western Java. Machsuni was on a list of 20 people that are fugitive after the June 1 incident at Monas in Jakarta. The police ensured that Machsuni was one of the instigators of the violence between members of the FPI and a peaceful demonstration for religious freedom.

Posted in General @ 13 June 2008 16:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds gather at offices of FPI in several cities To prevent any actions by people who want to see FPI disbanded, the regional branch of FPI in Pekanbaru, Riau, has brought itself to readiness to fight possible crowds demanding the disbandment of FPI. The head of the regional branch there, Haris Kampai, said that they would fight anyone near their office demanding the disbandment of FPI. "The Riau branch of FPI has never had any anarchist behavior, it's Ahmadiyah that should be disbanded, not FPI", said Haris, pointing at a sect that is said to deviate from Islam.

Posted in Protests @ 05 June 2008 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


46 members of radical Islamic FPI released Around half past ten earlier this morning, the regional police of Jakarta officially released 46 members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) which were held since Wednesday night. They were brought by police buses then. Earlier this morning the police added another six members to the those already arrested. Together with the leader of FPI, Habib Rizieq Shibab, they are now questioned at the police station.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2008 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.500 police arrest 49 members of radical Islamic FPI An overwhelming police force of some 1.500 personnel have finally made 49 arrests among members of the radical Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) in Jakarta after last Sundays attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city. The arrests were done in an orderly manner without any resistance from members of the FPI. The action was directly overseen by the head of the police of Metro Jaya, the Greater Jakarta police, Adang Firman. He first just wanted to arrest 10 people.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of police search for FPI members Hundreds of police have gathered at the location of the office of FPI in central Jakarta earlier this morning. Just after six in the morning local time dozens of trucks showed up in Jalan Petamburan Raya. Local residents reported that dozens of trucks rolled in the streets just after dawn.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt mulls freezing FPI over brutality The Indonesian government is considering suspending the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) for its attack on activists at the National Monument in Jakarta last Sunday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo AdiSucipto said the government was looking at a 1985 law that allows for the suspension of a mass organization.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AKKBB: 'FPI tries to divert attention to Ahmadiyah sect' The coordinator for the National Alliance for Free Religion and Belief (AKKBB), Anick Hamin Thohari, said that the delay of the final 'verdict' from the government about the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia was not the main reason for the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) to stage the attack against a peaceful demonstrations two days ago. He said that the acts of violence were nothing more than anarchism by the FPI.

Posted in Violence @ 03 June 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hardline Muslems clash with moderate mayority after attack Supporters of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation clashed with Muslim hard-liners following a bloody attack on interfaith activists by the radicals. One person was injured in the brawl late yesterday between members of Nahdhatul Ulama and hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front in Yogyakarta on Java island. Angry crowds have gathered outside offices and homes of the FPI in two other towns on Java in recent days.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 reactions


Playboy editor cleared of indecency in Indonesia The court in South Jakarta cleared the editor of Playboy in Indonesia of distributing indecent pictures to the public and earning money from them after a high-profile trial that exposed deep differences in the nation. Chief editor Erwin Arnada argued tat the magazine was good for developing a pluralistic society, while the prosecution and Islamic hardliners who have regularly attended the trial said it 'harmed the nation's morals'.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2007 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Leftist Dita Sari 2009 presidential candidate Dita Sari, a leader of Indonesia's People's Democratic Party (PRD), has vowed to run as a candidate for the leftist Papernas alliance in Indonesia's next presidential polls despite threats by radical Islamists. "We will not be intimidated," said Dita in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). Papernas has been labelled "communist" - an ideology and party prohibited in Indonesia - and last week its supporters were attacked by members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI). "I will do everything to take part in the presidential elections," Dita said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2007 15:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims protest at Pope's statement Over 100 Indonesian Muslims staged a rally outside the Vatican embassy in Jakarta on Monday, demanding the Pope to apology for its controversial statement on Muslims. Wearing white shirts or white t-shirts and holding white flags with red rose in its center, the demonstrators from the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), the Soldier of Islamic Defender and the Mujaheddin of Islamic Defender, claimed that their move was a peaceful act.

Posted in Protests @ 19 September 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

Posted in Protests @ 10 June 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Playboy's offices in attacked by FPI-members Hundreds of Muslim protesters have attacked the offices of the newly-published Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine. On Wednesday, about 300 activists from the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) rallied outside the building to demand that the local version of the magazine, which carries no nude photos, cease publication. They tore up copies of the magazine and threw stones at the building, shattering windows.

Posted in Violence @ 12 April 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Police fire warning shots at protesters outside US consulate Police fired warning shots outside the US consulate here to disperse protesters who earlier smashed windows at the Danish consulate, an Agence France-Presse photographer said. About 200 members of the hardline Front of the Defenders of Islam (FPI) protested cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed at the building that houses the Danish consulate before the group moved to the US mission.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 18:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Eight FPI members arrested for carrying sharp weapons Eight members of the "Islam Defenders Front" (FPI) have been apprehended by West Jakarta police for carrying sharp weapons during a rally in front of the West Jakarta Police precinct on Tuesday. Some 150 FPI members were protesting the slow pace of investigations into a clash between their group and residents of the Kalijodo red-light district in West Jakarta last Sunday, in which four FPI members were injured.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 October 2005 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 123 reactions


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian groups press for Islamic law Muslim groups are upping the pressure on lawmakers here to introduce Islamic law in the country, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities yesterday calling for the Syariah to be incorporated in the Constitution. In Jakarta, members and supporters of 10 Muslim groups were led by clerics, including terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, to the National Assembly (MPR), where they urged legislators to amend the Constitution and make Islamic law applicable to all Muslims. The groups were backed by Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who earlier in the day praised their movement in a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI).

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back in May 1998 I wrote that “the departure of Suharto as President Indonesia will very probably be followed by the emergence of new political forces and the disappearance or decline of old established forces.” I had no inkling at that time that there would be 98 political parties trying to win the trust of the people and competing for seats at the national, provincial, and district parliaments. I also had no foreboding that the competition for seats in the executive offices would so truculent and create the culture of “money politics.” I was also entirely unprepared for a new political game that at the end made a winner become the big loser, while a collection of losers become the winner.

Posted in Politics @ 11 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies links to spate of bombings Former president Soeharto's youngest son, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, denied on Saturday any involvement in a spate of recent bombings, including the powerful explosion on Wednesday at the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2000 16:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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