Sectarian Fanatics Screw Up My Trip Downtown!

It was a fine sunny morning, but although there was no risk of rain, which makes Jakarta’s traffic even more awful than usual, I left early.



My plan was to do a spot of shopping – some plums and mangoes for a visitor tomorrow who likes fruit – then meet up with my young Indonesian crowd.

We get together for a chat quite often! Their English improves and we exchange views on current events. I’ve been doing this since I quit teaching – it’s fun.

I got to Harmoni, where I change buses, and jumped aboard a No.2…



…which promptly turned left, east, instead of going due south as usual.

Baffled, I fumed helplessly.

Then through the window I discerned the problem.

IIslamist Fanatics!

They tend to wear white, with green trimmings, many of them being attached to the notorious Islam Defenders Front, the FPI..


fpi kill busddhist

=Community OrganisationFPI in action!



…though there are several such groups, some of taking great delight in traipsing around town clad in ludicrous Arab gear.

But why a Monday morning?.

Of course such people don’t give a hoot about the inconvenience they cause normal folks who go to work and earn an honest living. There were thousands prowling the city centre today, no evident inclination to earn a living or attend school.

Nice life, being a sectarian!

Thanks to my hi-tech handphone, I’d worked out what the day’s excuse was.

212.   Not just the matching date, but the self-styled 212 ‘alumni!’

I append a link to expand my explanation.

A group calling itself the 212 Rally Alumni was established to gather people who were involved in the rally on Dec. 2, 2016, to call for the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of Chinese descent, for blasphemy.

You might have thought ‘alumni’ a singularly unsuitable word – it tends to be used in Western countries to mean ‘graduates’ but when I think back to the blood-thirsty bigots who shuffled through Jakarta demanding that good governor be not just prosecuted but murdered…

The protesters, most of whom were men dressed in white Muslim attire, were heard yelling, “We want a Muslim governor,” “Burn Ahok!” and “Kafir!”





…for quoting a religious verse.

After the shuffling rabble got their way and Ahok was imprisoned, a verdict and sentence that made global news  – and made me lose faith in this lovely country’s future…

Slouching Towards Shariah, Indonesia Jails Ahok

…I rarely blogged on Indonesian affairs. I still don’t.

So this morning’s dislocation of my journey was like having salt rubbed into an old wound.

I got to my get-together, not terribly late.