Dec 10, 2017 17:59 UTC
  • Indonesians in Jakarta protest against US president's al-Quds announcement

Indonesians have protested outside the US embassy in Jakarta against US President Donald Trump for his recognition of al-Quds as the "capital" of of the illegal Zionist entity.

Police said the demonstration drew a crowd of at least 5,000 people on Sunday.

The angry protesters carried Indonesian and Palestinian flags and held banners reading, ''Free al-Quds and Palestinians," "US Embassy, Get Out from al-Quds" and "We are with the Palestinians."

The demonstrators, many in white robes and skullcaps, also chanted slogans such as, "We are with the Palestinians," "Palestine is in our hearts" and "Pray for Palestine."

The Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), which organized the rally in Jakarta and several other cities around the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, said Trump's decision was a declaration of "hostility to Muslims throughout the world."

Sohibul Iman, the president of the PKS, told protesters that Indonesia should be more proactive in “urging the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) member states and UN Security Council and the international community to respond immediately with more decisive and concrete political and diplomatic actions in saving the Palestinians from the Israeli occupation and its collaborator, the United States of America.”

“Indonesia as the world’s largest Muslim country has the largest responsibility toward the independence of Palestine and the management of al-Quds,” he added.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has condemned Trump's decision and ordered the US ambassador in Jakarta to be summoned over the move.