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Indonesia: Political gathering planned in Jakarta February 21

Thousands plan to attend “presidential election prayer” event in Jakarta’s Merdeka Square on February 21

21 Feb 02:01 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Central Jakarta

Event

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the Islamic Defender Front (FPI) are organizing a large event on Thursday, February 21, called Munajat 212, to pray for successful presidential elections. Thousands of people are expected to attend the gathering on Thursday evening (local time) at Merdeka Square in central Jakarta. A heightened security presence, crowded conditions, and associated transportation disruptions, including road closures and traffic congestion, are expected in the vicinity of the event.

Context

Indonesia is scheduled to hold presidential elections on April 17.

Advice

Individuals in Jakarta are advised to anticipate large crowds, a heightened security presence, transportation disruptions, including increased demand for taxis, traffic congestion, and road closures, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.

 

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