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250,000-strong solidarity forum for Palestine in Jakarta

Jakarta Post - January 11, 2009

Jakarta – Around 250,000 supporters from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) joined religious leaders in a solidarity forum at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Sunday morning to condemn Israel's attacks on Palestine.

Among the leaders attending the forum were representatives from Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Konghucu sects, kompas.com reported Sunday.

During the rally some figures – including the chair of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Hidayat Nur Wahid and Azazah, chair of the Jakarta Forum Majelis Taklim, an Islamic study group – made speeches and expressed their opposition to the conflict.

"We urge an immediate halt to the military incursion. We oppose any kind of violence because we love peace," said Edi Kuswara from Suara Tionghoa (Chinese Voice) during his address.

During the peaceful action, participants collected donations for victims by distributing boxes so the public could contribute. After the forum, they are set to march to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. (ewd)