Saturday, March 24, 2012

NU supports movement to counter FPI

NU supports movement to counter FPI
The Jakarta Post | Tue, 03/20/2012 10:41 AM
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JAKARTA: The country’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), says it has thrown its weight behind a new outfit set up to counter the onslaught of firebrand organizations like the Islam Defenders Front (FPI).

NU secretary-general Marsudi Suhud said that the new outfit, called the Ahlussunnah Wal Jamaah (Aswaja) militia, had a similar mission to that of the NU in promoting pluralism, moderation and justice.

“The two institutions must work together to protect the ideology of pluralism against those who threaten violence and use bullying to scare off the public,” Marsudi said in a statement.

On Sunday, more than 2,500 activists joined a rally at the Declaration of Independence Monument on Jl. Proklamasi in Central Jakarta to support the establishment of the Aswaja militia.

Also present at the declaration were chairman of the National Awakening Party Muhamimin Iskandar and the leader of Aswaja militia, Marwan Jafar.

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