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Police shut down opening of FPI branch in Semarang

Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2017

Jakarta Police in Semarang on Thursday evening (13/04) shut down an event to celebrate the opening of a local branch of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, at the home of one of its members.

"For security reasons, the event has been shut down," the head of Semarang Police Chief Comr. Abiyoso said after a meeting between FPI representatives and several mass organizations that protested against the event.

The declaration took place at the home of FPI Central Java's legal advocacy chairman Zainal Abidin.

Abiyoso said with or without the presence of FPI, Semarang will remain safe. "The police are here to keep the city safe," he said.

Hundreds of police officers arrived at Zainal's house on Thursday night after more than 1,000 people from various mass organizations descended to the area.

Among them were members of Nahdlatul Ulama's youth wing Ansor, Red and White Brigade (Laskar Merah Putih), National Guard (Garda Nusantara) and National Garuda Patriots (Patriot Garuda Nusantara).

Source: http://jakartaglobe.id/news/police-shut-opening-fpi-branch-semarang/.

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