Muslim hardliners protest against Obama’s Indonesia visit
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of a hardline Muslim group have protested outside the U.S. Embassy against President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Indonesia.
More than 1,000 members of Hizbut Tahrir rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Sunday. One of the banners and posters on display read: “Reject Obama, reject capitalism and imperialism.”
Another protest of about 800 people was held in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya.
Obama is coming to Indonesia to attend the East Asia Summit in Bali. Washington has put its stamp on the summit agenda in the area of security, including halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Hizbut Tahrir accused Washington of having a hidden agenda to urge other countries to unite against China to guarantee U.S. domination in the South China Sea.