Indonesians rally over Trump’s Jerusalem stance

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JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia´s capital to a square in Jakarta  yesterday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump´s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

It was the biggest protest in Indonesia since Trump´s controversial move earlier this month to reverse decades of U.S. policy.

Police estimated the number attending the rally, organised by various Muslim groups, at about 80,000.

The protest was peaceful but rows of police behind coils of barbed wire held back the crowd outside the U.S.embassy in Jakarta.

A police spokesman said 20,000 police and members of the military were deployed to ensure security.

“We urge all countries to reject the unilateral and illegal decision of President Donald Trump to make Jerusalem Israel´s capital,” Anwar Abbas, the secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council, told the crowd.–Agencies

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