Indonesian Muslims shout slogans at the National Monument in Jakarta on February 5, 2017, during a rally to support the country’s clerics, including Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Front Pembela Islam, who helped organise mass protests against Jakarta governor and ethnic Chinese Christian Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for allegedly insulting Islam. Photo: AFP

Why anti-Chinese rhetoric is likely to be a potent political force in the run-up to Indonesia’s 2019 election

Rob Attwell says while the Surabaya church bombings highlight the threat of Islamist terrorism in Indonesia, widespread intolerance of religious and ethnic minorities – normalised through popular culture and inflammatory clerics – will be seized on by opposition candidates

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Indonesian Muslims shout slogans at the National Monument in Jakarta on February 5, 2017, during a rally to support the country’s clerics, including Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Front Pembela Islam, who helped organise mass protests against Jakarta governor and ethnic Chinese Christian Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for allegedly insulting Islam. Photo: AFP
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