JAKARTA: Jailed Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has asked his supporters, who gathered in front of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) detention centre in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, to disperse, saying that he is fine and safe inside the facility.
Ahok conveyed his message through a loudspeaker, which was connected to the room where he was being detained.
“To my friends in front of the Brimob headquarters, I’m calling on you, who have gathered here to support me, to disperse,” tribunnews.com quoted Ahok as saying on Thursday.
“I’m safe here. I hope you can disperse now. Otherwise, I will be taken to another place. Should I be taken outside Jakarta? Ladies and gentlemen, if you love me, please disperse,” he said.
As Thursday was a national holiday to celebrate Wesak Day, Ahok said, he hoped his supporters could go home. He also hoped there would be no candlelight vigil to show sympathy for his detention.
On Tuesday, the North Jakarta District Court sentenced Ahok to two years in prison for blasphemy. On the following day, his supporters held candlelight vigils and delivered speeches in several areas across Jakarta, including in front of the Brimob headquarters, to call for his detention to be delayed.
Ahok said he was worried some people would provoke them if they remained outside the detention centre. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network