Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto is of the view that it was no longer relevant to hold another massive rally following the November 4 rally.

The police have been conducting the legal process of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) who was named a suspect in a blasphemy case; so a plan to hold another massive rally would be irrelevant, Rikwant told the press at the National Police Headquarters here on Friday.

Instead of holding another rally, one should closely monitor the legal process of the case to be conveyed to the Attorney General Office, he added.

"It would be better to focus more on the case, rather than holding another rally," he said.

However, he said he would respect the human rights and democracy of those wanting to hold another rally.

"The laws allow rallies, but there must be no anarchy, damages and assaults," he said.

Up to 1 million people turned up for the Nov 4 (411) rally believed to be the largest rally ever in Indonesias history, although data on the exact number of participants was not available.

The rally was called by the so-called National Movement of Guardians of Indonesian Ulema Councils Fatwa/Edict (GNPF-MUI) to demand justice and legal enforcement.

Following Ahoks alleged blasphemous statement regarding the Holy Quran, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict that the statement was a blasphemy and should be processed legally in line with the countrys existing laws.

Ahok had apologized for his statement, saying that he did not mean to commit blasphemy.

Prior to the rally, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) assured that demonstrations were democratic rights of citizens, but the demonstrators did not have the right to impose their will or create damages.

Jokowi said the government would guarantee the right to free speech, but it would also give priority to public order and security.

GNPF coordinators announced another rally would be planned for December 2 in Jakarta.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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