Prabowo 'Celebration' Deemed Hurting the Act to Defend Islam 212

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former coordinator of 212 activist Kapitra Ampera asked the elite politics to not harm the struggle of the participants of 'Aksi Bela Islam 212' (Act to Defend Islam 212) back in 2016, by not organizing the celebration of Prabowo Subianto's victory in the 2019 Presidential Election under the banner 212 Movement.

    "The 212 has always been dragged. The 212 did not choose Prabowo-Sandi. It is united in a religious interest called Act to Defend Islam," Kapitra said Thursday, April 18.

    The Act to Defend Islam was held on October 14, 2016, and continued to November 4, and December 2, in the same year to protest against ousted Jakarta governor Basuki T. Purnama (BTP or Ahok). He was accused of committing religious blasphemy. 

    Kapitra protested the victory celebration of presidential candidate number 02 at the National Monument (Monas), Central Jakarta, tonight, April 19, as it drags the 212 label. The PDIP politician asked to not drag the 212 Movement in political affairs that seemed to support the Gerindra chief patron.

    He argued that 212 Movement is not an institution or agency but an act to support the past religious interest. Moreover, Kapitra claimed, around 5,000 participants of 'Aksi Bela Islam' in 2016, supported Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin.

    The former lawyer of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab viewed that the celebration organized by 212 Alumni should not be held since it precedes the stipulation of General Election Commission (KPU) and is against God's destiny.

    The poster of the event is circulated on social media. It mentions that the organizers of the event are Alumni 212 Brotherhood, GNPF Ulama, FPI, and Prabowo - Sandi volunteers team. The event is scheduled to start at around 19:30 in Monas after Isha mass prayer.

    LANI DIANA