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Fear of communist revival grips Indonesia

President Widodo 'real target' of strident campaign against disbanded PKI

Muslim groups stage a rally outside the parliament in Jakarta against disbanded Indonesian Communist Party. (Photo by Bobby Nugroho)

JAKARTA -- On Friday thousands of members of hardline Muslims groups -- including the Islamic Defenders Front, the United Islamic People Forum and the Betawi Rembuk Forum -- staged a rally outside Indonesia's House of Representatives. A rally leader accused sympathizers of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, of infiltrating the parliament.

"Disband the PKI. Stop making the House a PKI nest," he said. "President Jokowi should never once [try to] revive the PKI, or we will bring him down." Jokowi is the popular nickname of President Joko Widodo.The anti-PKI fervor especially resonates  with these Muslim groups.

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