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Police set to remove controversial banners

Jakarta Post - March 6, 2017

Jakarta The Jakarta Police are set to remove banners addressing ethnic, religious, racial and social group (SARA) sentiments ahead of the second round of the city's gubernatorial election in April.

The banners, which have been put up at several mosques across Jakarta, call on Muslims to refuse to perform funeral prayers for a deceased Muslim found to have been a supporter of Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Funeral prayers are a collective obligation for Muslims in the event of someone's death.

"We will coordinate with every institution in the community to avoid any kind of violation [of the Election Law]," Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Prabowo Argo Yuwono said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com in Jakarta on Sunday.

Prabowo added that the police were waiting for reports on electoral procedure violations from the Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu). "Citizens can also help by reporting such violations to the supervisory committee," Prabowo said. (kkk/wit)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/06/police-set-to-remove-controversial-banners.html.

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