By Euan McKirdy
(CNN) Thousands of protesters waving flags are marching through Jakarta demanding the ouster of the city’s governor, who has been accused of blasphemy against Muslims.
Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, is alleged to have insulted Islam by criticizing his opponents’ use of a Quranic verse in a stump speech.
Police estimated 200,000 people took to the streets, CNN Indonesia reported. Many shouted inflammatory slogans, such as “kill Ahok,” and “kill Ahok for insulting Islam.”
Others carried signs demanding the death penalty for the official, and many marched with masks covering their faces to obscure their identities.
As many as 18,000 police and military personnel have been deployed for Friday’s protest, and an inner ring of approximately 100 armed military guards are outside the Governor’s residence, CNN Indonesia says.