Indonesia remains safe after Nov 4 rally: President

"Neither is there any problem with political stability, so there is nothing to worry about. Yet, it still needs political consolidations and state consolidations," Jokowi said.
Bogor, W Java (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo has stated that security conditions in the country are safe and good in the wake of November 4 rally.

"Neither is there any problem with political stability, so there is nothing to worry about. Yet, it still needs political consolidations and state consolidations," he said in a video conference with Indonesian citizens living in Sydney on Sunday.

The president said he invited political and religious figures to share views a day after the rally on Friday (November 4).

"(The meeting) is aimed at gathering comments to give a sense of cool and ease the situation. and we will do that in the next few weeks," he said.

The Indonesian constitution gives the people a chance to express aspirations and realize democracy, yet they must do so in an orderly and peaceful way, he said.

"I hope that in the future, we can convey the aspirations in a good, orderly and peaceful way," he said.

If somebody violates the law and causes a riot in conveying aspirations, then the law must be upheld, he said.

"I give the assurance that security personnel, including police will firmly uphold the law. We want to always guard Indonesia so it will remain safe and peaceful and consequently, we can continue development programs," he said.

He reiterated that security conditions in Indonesia are safe and good. "There is nothing to worry about," he said.

Hundreds of thousands of people on Friday (November 4) took part in the rally organized to protest against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnamas alleged blasphemous statement concerning the Holy Quran.

The protesters came from various regions across the country, such as East Java, West Java, Central Java, South Kalimantan and West Sumatra.(*)

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