RELIGION

Indonesian police: Treason suspects planned to incite chaos

  • Muslim men raise their fists and shout slogans during a rally against Jakarta's minority Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Several hundred thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against the minority Christian governor. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Muslim men raise their fists and shout slogans during a rally against Jakarta's minority Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Several hundred thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against the minority Christian governor. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, April 1, 2004, file photo, Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, the leader of the Pioneer Party and sister of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian police arrested 10 people including Rachmawati for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, April 1, 2004, file photo, Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, the leader of the Pioneer Party and sister of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian police arrested 10 people including Rachmawati for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)  (The Associated Press)

Police say 10 people including prominent Indonesians arrested for suspected treason and other crimes planned to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government.

The protest by conservative Muslims against the minority Christian governor of Jakarta drew some 200,000 people to the city's streets and ended peacefully.

Police made the arrests Friday before the protest began.

The eight arrested for alleged treason include Rachmawati, the daughter of Indonesia's founding president and the younger sister of former President Megawati Sukarnoiputri; retired army Gen. Kivlan Zein; and musician-turned-politician Ahmad Dani.

National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said "they intended to incite people to overthrow the legitimate government."

He said police have stepped up an investigation of the group in the past three weeks.