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Rizieq calls for sharia state during 212 Alumni reunion

Tempo - December 2, 2017

Untung Widyanto, Jakarta Islam Defender Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab sent a recorded message from Saudi Arabia for participants of the 212 Rally Alumni Reunion held at the National Monument (Monas) on Saturday, December 2.

"In this 212 Alumni Reunion, I call on all Muslims in Indonesia to fight for the Sharia Unitary State of the Republic Indonesia (NKRI)," Rizieq said in a recording.

Rizieq explained that the Sharia NKRI is a religious NKRI that upholds state ideology Pancasila values. He added that the Sharia NKRI must be led by trustworthy people.

"The Sharia NKRI consists people who love their ulemas, instead of criminalizing and terrorizing them," he said.

Rizieq also denied that the Sharia NKRI would pose threats against the country's constitution. He also called on participants to maintain order. The FPI leader hopes that the reunion would be peaceful.

Ridwan Juwardi, one of the participants, expected to meet Rizieq at the event. However, he said that he was not disappointed although Rizieq could not attend the event.

Serdang Habibullah Rangkuti, one of the FPI members, said he supported Rizieq's decision to be absent from the event. He expressed concerns that the FPI leader might be criminalized. "We don't want Habib [Rizieq] to die in vain," he said.

Attending the 212 Rally Alumni Reunion were National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Amien Rais, House of Representatives Deputy Speakers Fadli Zon and Fahri Hamzah, local celebrity Ahmad Dhani, and Buni Yani.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/12/02/055913743/Rizieq-Calls-for-Sharia-State-during-212-Alumni-Reunion.

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