Thousands of Indonesians protest Trump's decision on Jerusalem
(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, Dec.17 (Petra) -- Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia's capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
It was the biggest protest in Indonesia since Trump's controversial move earlier this month to reverse decades of U.S. policy. Police estimated the number attending the rally, organized by various Muslim groups, at 80,000.
The protest was peaceful, but rows of police behind coils of barbed wire held back the crowd outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. A police spokesman said 20,000 police and members of the military were deployed to ensure security.
Many of the protesters were clad in white and waved Palestinian flags and held up placards, some reading: "Peace, love and free Palestine." There have been a series of protests in Indonesia over the issue, including some during which hardliners burned U.S. and Israeli flags.
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