Trial of Ahok – Supremacists on the March?

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The blasphemy trial of the Governor of Jakarta is capturing headlines globally as it is seen as a barometer of the influence of Islamic supremacists in Indonesian politics. It resumes today after a brief adjournment. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok as he is called, was accused of committing blasphemy after he referred to a verse of the Qur’an while he was delivering a speech in September this year.

Today we ask if this trial is about an instance of blasphemy or is it more about the identity of the Governor – both a Christian and an Ethnic Chinese. We also ask if the trial will address the underlying struggle for state power that is being played out in the background.

Sharaad Kuttan reports.

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