Jakarta. Police have arrested a man who allegedly asked people on Facebook to join him on a run on the banks before a street protest on Dec. 2 to demand the arrest of Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a suspect in a blasphemy investigation, a spokesman said on Saturday (26/11).
Officers arrested the 31-year-old schoolteacher in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on Thursday and named him a suspect for provoking the public on social media, National Police spokesman Gen. Insp. Boy Rafli Amar said.
Police said the man posted a photo of himself on Facebook surrounded by banknotes and his savings book with the caption “Let’s do a run on these communist-owned banks.”
“The content of his post is very provocative, even though the man claimed he did it just as a joke. He has apologized for his action,” Boy told reporters.
“He has caused considerable public anxiety. Please stop posting provocative content on social media. We can still find you there, wherever you are,” Boy said.
There was also a rumor of a run on the banks before an anti-Ahok protest on Friday. The Dec. 2 protest is expected to go on despite a police ban.