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.