Indonesia: 200,000 protest Christian governor of Jakarta

Central Jakarta was packed with protesters Friday.

Story highlights

  • Indonesia's capital filled with protesters calling for the governor's ouster
  • He faces accusations of blasphemy stemming from a speech in which he quoted the Quran

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians took to the streets Friday to protest Jakarta's embattled governor.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, has faced demonstrations calling for his ouster amid allegations of blasphemy.
    An ethnic Chinese Christian, Ahok is currently under investigation by Indonesian police over a speech he gave in which hardline Islamists claim he insulted the Quran.
    Thousands of Indonesians converged on central Jakarta to demand Ahok's ouster.

    Huge turnout

    Police estimate around 200,000 people converged on Jakarta's main square Friday for noon prayers.
    Islamist groups, NGOs, students and ordinary citizens came from Jakarta and other cities and towns outside the capital.
    Ahok is accused of blasphemy against the Quran.