A man sings an anti-communist song during a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Islamists Protest Against 'Pro-Communist' Pancasila Bill

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 24, 2020

Islamist groups, including the National Anti-Communist Alliance (Anak NKRI), the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), brought hundreds of protesters to the streets in front of the House of Representatives (MPR) in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday, to try to get lawmakers to drop the so-called "Pancasila Ideology Guidelines" bill.

The groups are against the bill because it failed to include a ban on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) originally issued by a temporary MPR in 1966. They also claimed an article on the bill might offer a loophole to slash the five-point Pancasila into a three-point Trisila or a single-point Ekasila. 

The protesters hung giant banners of Habib Rizieq, the FPI leader currently in self-exile in Saudi Arabia, off a pedestrian bridge. They also sang anti-communist songs while a man delivered an impassioned speech from a car roof.

A protester also regularly sprayed disinfectant among the crowd to try to prevent transmission of Covid-19

Hundred of people from various Islamic organization were seen during Pancasila Ideology Guidelines protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hundreds of protesters gather in front of the MPR. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant banners with picture of Habib Rizieq were seen on a pedestrian bridge during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant banners showing portraits of Habib Rizieq hangs off a pedestrian bridge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man makes impassioned speech during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man delivers a speech standing on a car roof. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters carry some posters with anti-communism jargon during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Many of the protesters carry anti-communist posters. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester sprays disinfectant in the middle of the crowd during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sprays disinfectant among the crowd. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman wearing face shield and mask, brings a poster with anti-communism jargon during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries a poster that says 'Save Religion and Our Country From Communism.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters park a command car in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters park a minibus in front of the MPR gate. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protesters wearing headband written save nkri during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'Save the Unitary Republic of Indonesia,' says the headband on this protester. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester puts a poster on his bag written the first sila from Pancalisa Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa during protest in front of national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (24/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'Belief in One God,' the first verse of the five-point Pancasila. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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