Indonesian Students Protest anti-Islam Film

Hundreds of Indonesian junior high students demonstrated Sunday against an anti-Islam film posted by a far-right Dutch lawmaker on the Internet, a report said, after a minister called for protests.

The students from an Islamic school took to the streets in Magelang, in Central Java province, carrying posters demanding that authorities shut down websites carrying Geert Wilders' film, SCTV private television reported.

 The 17-minute film "Fitna", which was released on the Internet on Thursday, has provoked widespread condemnation, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling it "offensively anti-Islamic".

On Saturday, Indonesia's social affairs minister Bachtiar Chamsyah called on Islamic organisations in the country to protest against Wilders' film, saying it showed contempt for the Muslim faith.

"I call on all to protest," Chamsyah was quoted as saying by the state Antara news agency, adding that the film was irresponsible.

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation with some 90 percent of its 230 million people following Islam.

Source: AFP

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