FBR? Fauzi Bowo Ragu? Tidak! Why Won’t Jakarta’s Governor Disown Thug Support?


Prelude

US State Department report 2004
Militants from the extreme Front Betawi Rempug (FBR) and other groups physically attacked nightspots in the name of religion, claiming that the establishments were immoral. Police did not take adequate action against such militants or against those who extorted money from shopkeepers ostensibly to celebrate religious holidays. The Government failed to hold accountable some religious extremists, including many Laskar Jihad militiamen, who had committed religion-inspired crimes in previous years.
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Jakarta Post 30/4/06 
Pluralism rally provokes ‘intimidation’  A week after a rally by cultural communities and artists to protest against the anti-pornography bill, activists and artists involved in the demonstration said they were being subjected to various forms of “intimidation”.   On Saturday, about 150 people claiming to be members of the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR) arrived at the Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) in the Taman Ismail Marzuki cultural center in Cikini, and demanded playwright Ratna Sarumpaet apologize for organizing the demonstration. 
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JP  June 2006 
Former first lady Sinta Nuriyah Wahid reported the chairman of the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR), Fadloli El Muhir, to Jakarta Police last Monday for allegedly slandering activists who took part in a rally against the pornography bill.  Fadloli said during last week’s live broadcast on Metro TV that the women who participated in the rally were “evil, wretched women who did not have good morals”. The FBR also threatened singer Inul Daratista, telling her to leave the capital, and raided her karaoke lounge in North Jakarta after she appeared in a rally against the bill.

Now if you want more on that background, check our post last July – link here, and those previous to it, linked thereon. https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/coming-to-jakarta-sea-games-watch-out-for-fbr-sharks/

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FLASH FORWARD

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Three days ago.

FBR Support Fauzi for Governor

Senin, 16/04/2012, 09:07 WIB  from Berita8.com

Support for Fauzi Bowo and Nachrowi Ramli continues to flow in. Now, that support comes from the mass organization, the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR).
FBR is ready to secure their win  in the election of Governor and Vice Governor of Jakarta 2012-2017 period….according to the Chairman and spokesman for the FBR, Fajri, it wants the campaign to be safe, orderly and good.
“500 thousand members of the FBR are ready to vote them in. We are also ready to secure the implementation of the Jakarta General Elections 2012,” he said yesterday.

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FLASH FORWARD

Two days ago

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FBR Rumble With Youth Gang -One Macete Wound   – from detikNews

Tuesday, 17/04/2012 15:08 WIB

Street-fighting broke out between the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR) and groups of youths from Karawaci, Tangerang City, Tuesday (17/04/2012) at around midnight. One person received a stab wound.
According to an eyewitness at the scene, Aat Abdullah, it started with the coming of about 30 members of the FBR to the SMS Finance office… .
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Birds of a feather, says one old English proverb.
Now admittedly Foke, as the Governor is known to his friends, is not over-fussy about the company he keeps.
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 That’s Foke, in trade-mark black hat, taking tea with FPI IslamoNazis.
And if you have read the previous posts recommended above, you’ll be aware he was delighted to have the FBR – also thugs – on board as back-up for Jakarta’s participation on the SEA Games last year.
So what does Fauzi Bowo really feel about his brawling, brutal fans?
I have no idea, but I have an idea he won’t dissociate himself from such mobsters any time soon, and that, for Jakarta, is hardly good news!