MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority countries in Asia rallied on Friday to condemn the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies.
Leaders in both Indonesia and Malaysia have joined a global chorus of condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision.
Protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
In Indonesia, a few hundred demonstrators mostly clad in white rallied outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
Some wore checkered scarves and waved Palestinian flags.
‘We’re standing here in the name of justice and humanity. We’ve gathered to defend our Palestinian brothers and sisters,’ said one rally leader in Jakarta.
The Jakarta rally was peaceful and the number of demonstrators appeared far lower than the 500 to 1,000 police had anticipated.
The US embassy in Jakarta advised its citizens to avoid demonstrations and said its consulate in Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya had suspended public services on Friday.
A small group of students rallied in the city of Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and set fire to US and Israeli flags, media reported.
In Bangladesh, about 3,000 people gathered in front of the main mosque in the capital, Dhaka, to protest.
Members of the Bangladesh Islamic Chhatra Mojlish, a student organization, burned pictures of Trump.
In Indian-administered Kashmir, small groups of people protested in Srinagar, the capital of the Muslim-majority region.