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Tens of thousands protest in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor
Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Friday to protest against the city's governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Widodo has blamed political actors for exploiting the popular fury over Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to destabilize his government. Police officials estimated the crowd at least 150,000, including many who traveled to Jakarta from towns and cities across the island of Java and beyond.
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