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Trump's Jerusalem move sparks a backlash in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, Malaysia a lead chorus of criticism as Muslims protest US decision

Members of Nahdlatul Ulama, a large Indonesian Muslim group, protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Dec. 8. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked protests and condemnation in Southeast Asian countries with large Muslim populations.

In Jakarta, demonstrators on Dec. 11 burned the U.S. flag as well as pictures of Trump. The day before, the Prosperous Justice Party held a massive demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy that drew more than 4,000 people.

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