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Hardline Muslims protest Jakarta's Christian governor

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> Thousands of hard line Muslims marching in Indonesia's capital on Friday. Protesting Jakarta's ethnic Chinese and Christian governor, Basuki Purnama's rise to power. He's under fire for comments he made about Islams holy book, the Qur'an. Words that many say amount to blasphemy. Reuter's Kanupriya Kapoor reports from the protest.
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>> We're standing right outside the Governor's Office, the City Hall. The governor of Jakarta is an ethnic Chinese and Christian man. And while campaigning recently, he recited a verse from the Islamic Holy Book, the Qur'an. And a lot of Muslims took issue with that. He's very out spoken.
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And he's often a flash point for the more hard line Muslims. Who very often take issue with the things he says. Even if they're not of a religious nature. They regularly stage protest like these. And some of those protest have gotten violent. Today we're seeing a more peaceful protest, even though people are getting very excited right behind me.
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>> The Governor's already apologized for his remarks. Saying the video containing his comments was edited to make him look bad. But that appears to be falling on deaf ears for huge numbers of unforgiving religious hardliners. Despite a sterling reputation with everyone else.>> What's interesting is that this governor is actually very very popular here in Jakarta.
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People think he has a can do attitude. He fixes problems, he has no reservations in firing incompetent bureaucrats. So he remains very popular. He remains a front runner for February's election. But there are pockets of people, like the one's around me. Who still take issue with his leadership.
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>> Indonesia has a history of sporadic, ethnic and religious violence. And Jakarta police aren't taking any chances. Deploying thousands of officers to move in at he first sign of violence.