The protestors led by a group called Islamic Defenders Front, also called for the arrest of the governor for insulting Islam.
The atmosphere in Jakarta was tense. Some companies asked employees to work at home while access to business districts was restricted and foreign embassies issued cautions. Trucks carrying rifle-equipped soldiers and polices were on patrol while other forces guarded shopping centres.
About 18,000 security officers are expected to be deployed at the capital city, said police.
Indonesia’s agencies on November 3 forecasted that over 100,000 people would gather in a big demonstration on November 4 to ask government to take legal actions against Purnama, although the governor has publicly apologised for his remarks.
Purnama is a Christian and the first person of Chinese origin serving as the city governor.