Indonesian Muslims protest Aus spying
22 November 2013, 20:58
Jakarta - Indonesian police say hard-line Muslims hurled bottles, tomatoes and eggs at the gate of the heavily guarded Australian Embassy to protest alleged wiretapping of senior Indonesian officials' phones.
More than 400 followers of the Islamic Defenders Front, which has a long record of violent protests, and the Hizbut Thahrir Indonesia, rallied on Friday in front of the embassy in Jakarta. They waved Indonesian flags and held banners that read: "America and Australia are common criminals".
South Jakarta Police Chief Colonel Wahyu Hadiningrat says nearly 500 policemen were deployed to safeguard the embassy. They burned replicas of the US and Australian flags while chanting for the Australia ambassador to be expelled.
The embassy has been closed for two days, so it was not occupied.