The 212 Alumni Brotherhood and the Ulama Fatwa Guard National Movement (GNPF) have announced plans to hold a demonstration in Jakarta on Monday, November 1, over the French government's response to recent terrorist attacks in the country. Demonstrators are expected to rally in front of the French Embassy at around 13:00 (local time) with calls also being made for Muslims in Indonesia to boycott French products.
Localized disruptions are likely around the French Embassy in Jakarta, with an increased security presence also likely in the area. There is a realistic possibility of further anti-French protests in the capital.
Tensions over the response of the French government to recent Islamist attacks and terrorism in the country have been increasing since the murder of teacher Samuel Paty by an alleged Islamist extremist in the northern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on October 16. The attack prompted an outpouring of support in France and a strong response from the government which saw dozens arrested and several organizations and mosques closed in a widespread crackdown on alleged Islamic extremism. However, comments from President Emmanuel Macron regarding religious rights and freedom of expression and the display of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at solidarity rallies following the attack have since prompted accusations of Islamophobia from several Muslim political and religious leaders around the world.
Dozens of protests over the crackdown and French government policies have since been held outside French embassies and consulates in multiple countries over the last week, including Turkey, Bangladesh, Iran, Mali, Mauritania, Libya, Pakistan, and Indonesia, some of which have drawn thousands of participants. There have also been widespread calls for a boycott of French goods, particularly foodstuffs, in Muslim-majority countries, with the protest being supported by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several other Muslim leaders.
Those in Jakarta are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, and heed any instructions issued by local authorities.
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