Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST
Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support
GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent
Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters
YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.
“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Continue reading “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”