Jakarta Muslim protest turns violent

November 4, 2016 17:05

Indonesian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hard-line Muslims protesters on Friday, after tens of thousands had rallied to demand the resignation of the Christian governor of the capital, Jakarta, who they said had insulted the Koran.

Reuters witnesses saw at least five water cannon trucks in front of the Presidential Palace, the focal point of a protest that had been peaceful for most of the day.Local media also showed footage of a fire breaking out close to the nearby National Monument, with thick black smoke billowing. Some reports said cars had been torched.

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