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Latest Jakarta demonstration reflects deeper power struggle

Biggest rally in years sets tone for gubernatorial and presidential races

A song used in the 1990s against then-President Suharto was repurposed in Friday's protest targeting Jakarta Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (Photo: Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA -- Muslims from across Indonesia gathered in central Jakarta on Friday for what is thought to have been the country's largest demonstration since those preceding the collapse of the Suharto regime in 1998.

On the surface, the rally was a protest against the ethnic-Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta. But deeper down, it pointed to the power struggle stirring in Indonesian politics.

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