IMPORTANT: Protest in Support of Jailed Indonesian Atheist Alexander Aan

Friday, July 6th 2012 at 12:30 pm
Friday, July 6th 2012 at 2:00 pm
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, 5 East 68th Street, Manhattan

On June 14th an Indonesian court sentenced 30-year-old atheist Alexander Aan to two years and six months in prison for allegedly “spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity.” Aan was also reportedly fined 100 million rupiah (equivalent to US $10,600).

Aan did nothing more than exercise the most basic of human rights — the liberty to express his beliefs — yet he is now in great danger. Not only has he lost his freedom, but many people in Indonesia are calling for his death.

In support of Aan — and the rights to freedom of belief and expression —the Center for Inquiry is organizing a protest outside the Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City on Friday, July 6th, at 12:30 p.m. The office is located at 5 East 68th St, between 5th Ave and Madison Ave, near the 68th St/Hunter College stop on the 6 train.

There has been hardly any US media coverage of this story and we want the Indonesian government to know that we are concerned. We must come together and fight for the rights of Alexander Aan.

CFI Office of Public Policy Director Michael De Dora will be joining us from Washington D.C.

If you can attend, please email If you can sacrifice part of your lunch hour to show support at the protest, we will gladly reimburse you for cab fare. Some signs and snacks will be provided. If you bring your own sign, please be aware that it cannot be attached to a pole or stick. Handles must be made of cardboard.


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