Indonesia: Jakarta residents react to Islamists targeting Muslims in Santa hats

Jakarta residents shared their views on wearing Christmas attire in Jakarta, Saturday, following threats of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (IDF) to raid businesses that force their Muslim employees to wear Christmas garb, in Jakarta on Saturday. One Jakarta resident, who was wearing a Christmas hat, said, «Well, it was the order of the company, but I don't feel burdened or threatened by it... Еще. This is just an accessory that does not mean that I will become an infidel by wearing this. In my heart I am still a Muslim.» The resident's sentiments were not shared by all. While Christmas trees were put up in a number of city's largest shopping centres, Christmas-themed decorations were absent at some store fronts and restaurants, with major streets seeming largely deserted. The Islamist group had previously warned of «sweeping operations» in Indonesia to target Muslims wearing Christmas clothing. The group said that it would enforce a fatwa, a decree issued by the country's Islamic Clerical Council, barring businesses from forcing its staff to wear Christmas attire. Christmas is widely celebrated across the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, with many Jakarta residents, including Muslims, donning Santa Claus hats or elf costumes.

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