Several Indonesian Islamists held rallies in central Jakarta, to protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, scheduled for later this week.
Approximately 2,500 protestors, from the radical Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir, shouted Reject Obama and America is Terrorist outside the U.S. embassy on Sunday. Protestors also cried out outside the U.S. Embrotestors, from the radical Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir years2 percent for those betwenn t argues that the Reject Obama, Reject Capitalism, Reject Imperialism. In addition, U.S. war strategies were also slammed and protestors cried out that Obama was responsible for the killing of thousands of people in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.
Obama is due to arrive in Indonesia to attend a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an observer member. The delegates are meeting to discuss major regional issues such as territorial clashes in the South China Sea and Burma's bid to take over Indonesia's role as ASEAN chair in 2014.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world and is constitutionally secular and culturally moderate.