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Hardline Indonesian Muslim groups burn US, Israeli flags over Trump's Jerusalem move

JAKARTA - Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia burned photos of US President Donald Trump, as well as US and Israeli flags, on Monday during a protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    

Hundreds attended the protest outside the US embassy in Jakarta, which was barricaded by barbed wire and dozens of police officers.

 

"Let us witness the destruction of Israel's hegemony," one protest leader shouted into a megaphone as protesters burned an Israeli flag. "We will support Palestine with our blood."

 

Many protesters waved Palestinian flags and carried banners supporting "intifada," or an uprising against Israel, and rally leaders also shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

 

The protest was led by the Islamic Defenders Front, an aggressive vigilante group that calls for sharia, or Islamic religious law, to be imposed in Indonesia, a secular country.

  

 


First published: 12.11.17, 09:22