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Thousands in Indonesia Stage Demonstrations in Support of Palestine

JAKARTA Ė Tens of thousands of people protested in Jakarta on Sunday in support of Palestine and to denounce the United Statesí decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Around 40,000 people took part in the demonstrations, according to police estimates, with some carrying Palestinian flags and banners commemorating Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli security forces.

The protest, called by the Indonesian Ulema Council and several Islamic organizations, began early on Sunday at the National Monument, a tower located in the center of Merdeka Square, a symbol of the struggles of the Indonesian people in the fight against colonization.

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, and 87 percent of its 260 million inhabitants are Muslim.

Around noon, some of the protesters marched towards the US embassy, which was aware of the demonstration and in a statement on Friday had asked US citizens to avoid them.

The Indonesian Trade Union Confederation had convened another protest in Jakarta, which would also include a march towards the US embassy.

Since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israelís capital on Dec. 6, there have been almost daily protests in Indonesia and other countries in the region.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister have both condemned Trumpís decision.

 

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