Hard-line Islamic leaders show support for Prabowo in Yogyakarta
Presidential candidate urged to prevent Indonesia from becoming secular
- Bambang Muryanto and Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post
- July 2, 2014
About 1,000 people gathered at Grand Mosque in Yogyakarta on Tuesday at the invitation of a group of Islamic organizations that intended to declare presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto as the “war commander of Muslims”.
Prabowo’s entourage performed their Maghrib evening prayers at the mosque, which is located in the Yogyakarta Palace compound, before visiting Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X at his private residence.
When Prabowo arrived, the United Development Party (PPP) youth wing Gerakan Pemuda Kabah (GPK) greeted Prabowo with yells of “Freedom!” and “Allahu Akbar [God is great]!” while preacher Haidar Waluyo criticized pluralism in his speech.
GPK Yogyakarta branch supervisory body chairman Muhammad Fuad said Muslim mass organizations in Yogyakarta had agreed to confer the title of “war commander” on Prabowo.
They regarded the retired lieutenant general, who was dismissed from military service for his involvement in the kidnapping of pro-democracy activists, as the only hope to prevent Indonesia becoming a secular country.
“This means we want him to protect Islam from the dangers of communists, Shiites and Ahmadis,” Fuad said.
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Source: The Jakarta Post