The name of Densus 88 should be changed to Densus 5000, says Abu Bakar Ba'asyir.
Densus 88, or "Special Detachment 88", of the Indonesian police force charged with anti-terror duties, Detasemen Khusus (Densus) 88 Anti Terror, has aroused the ire of some Muslims recently because of its increasing success in capturing terrorists and militants.
The head of the Mujahidin Council, (Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI)), Abu Bakar Ba'asyir claims that the squad was given the title "88" because that was the number of
people (Antara) killed in the 2002 Bali bombings, and further, that the name should be changed to Densus 5000, because, he says, 3000 Muslims have been killed in Bali (Antara) and 2000 in Poso, Central Sulawesi.
Abu Bakar Ba'asyir.
Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta on 4th called "Does there need to be a revolution to impose Islamic law in Indonesia?" Bashir reiterated his earlier calls for Densus 88 to not just be withdrawn from Poso but disbanded.
Baasyir went on to complain that whenever Muslims defended themselves from attack they were labelled as terrorists, and suggested that Christians who did the same were branded as mere criminals, such as in the case of Fabianus Tibo.
There have been a number of mass demonstrations recently, mainly in Surakarta, Central Java, demanding that Densus 88 be abolished, as it is seen as an anti-Muslim, and western-funded, force.