Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on Facebook accounts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim hard-liners marched in Indonesia’s capital on Friday to protest Facebook’s blocking of accounts belonging to their group.

About 200 protesters organized by the Islamic Defenders Front, known by its Indonesian acronym FPI, marched after Friday prayers from a mosque to the Facebook Indonesia office, which was guarded by hundreds of police. They halted traffic along the way as they chanted “Allah Akbar,” or “God is Great.”

Many carried banners saying “Don’t persecute Muslims” and “Please don’t judge our status on Facebook.”

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    FPI: Front Pembela Islam is a domestic Indonesian terrorist organization whose goal is the implementation of Shari’ah in Indonesia. It presents itself as an ally of government security forces in their attempts to control sin and vice, and uses hate speech to motivate and legitimize violent attacks on organizations and individuals it considers to be sinful or religiously deviant. It has targeted Christian minorities and members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect. It conducts hate speech campaigns against Muslim organizations and intellectuals supporting religious freedom, branding them as “enemies of the state” and “more satanic than Satan.”