Weren’t they supposed to like us now?…
The Islamists chanted, “Obama Comes, We Crush!”
A Muslim woman displays a poster of defaced U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest against his planned visit outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP)
Over 1,000 Islamists protested Barack Obama yesterday in Jakarta.
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Hundreds of Indonesian Islamists rallied in central Jakarta on Sunday to protest against this week’s visit by US President Barack Obama.
More than 1,000 protesters from the radical group Hizbut Tahrir shouted “Obama Comes, We Crush” and “Reject Obama” outside the state palace and the US embassy. They brandished posters bearing his picture and banners with slogans such as “Do not add to Indonesia’s grief”.
“President Barack Obama until today has continued to colonise Muslim countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and kill our brothers there. As such, we will not accept him as a guest,” Hizbut Tahrir spokesman Mohammed Ismail Yusanto told AFP.
“With the disasters happening in Indonesia, his visit will only add to our grief,” he added, referring to natural disasters that have taken hundreds of lives in the last few weeks.
Indonesian students display banners of U.S. President Barack Obama as they stage a protest rally against Obama’s planned visit outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Obama is scheduled to visit the world’s most populous Muslim nation next week. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)