Jakarta, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the use of the word “anti-White” in its public speeches, as part of a campaign to eliminate “white supremacy” in society.
The court said it would not allow any such expression in public spaces, as the use would create “harm” to the country’s “social order and harmony” and would not be tolerated.
The ruling comes amid growing tension between the government and anti-White protesters in the country, which has seen rising anti-government demonstrations since President Joko Widodo was elected in 2014.
The government’s crackdown has drawn widespread condemnation from human rights groups and rights activists, and sparked calls for the resignation of the countrys president, Joko, and for the suspension of the court.
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court also announced last month that it would temporarily suspend the country from the World Economic Forum in Davos for a year, after ruling the country “not free from racism”.
The ruling came as the country was celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Indonesia.