REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, Meninggalnya enam orang anggota FPI yang menjadi pengawal Habib Rizieq Shihab, ternyata bukan hanya menghebohkan Indonesia, melainkan juga dunia internasional.
Media massa internasional cetak, daring, dan televisi pun ramai memberitakannya. Media Israel, Jurasalem Post, dan media Inggris, The Gurdian, pun memberitakanya.
The Guardian menulis berita ini dengan ilsutrasi gambar Habib Rizieq di tengah massa yang menyambutnya kala dia pulang dari Makkah, Arab Saudi. The Guardian menulis dengan judul berita, "Police shootout kills six suspected supporters of Indonesia clerik" (Baku tembak polisi menewaskan enam tersangka pendukung ulama Indonesia).
Seperti ini berita lengkapnya yang juga diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia:
The incident occurred just after midnight on Sunday a highway when a police car was attacked while following a car believed to be carrying supporters of the cleric, Rizieq Shihab, resulting in a shoot out, Fadil Imran said on Monday.
The police have been investigating the controversial cleric for violations of health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic after large gatherings to celebrate his return to the world’s biggest Muslim majority country from self-exile in Saudi Arabia.
The 55-year-old, a firebrand cleric who heads the Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI), a conservative Islamic group that has become politically influential in recent years, left Indonesia in 2017 after facing charges of pornography and insulting state ideology.
Before he left Indonesia, Rizieq was the figurehead of the hardline 212 movement that opposed Jakarta’s former Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, who was accused and ultimately jailed for insulting Islam.
The rallies were the biggest since the fall of Indonesia*s former authoritarian ruler Suharto, in 1998.
In the weeks since his return, Rizieq has declared his plans to embark on a “moral crusade” and has met some politicians and opposition figures.
Officials at the FPI could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday’s fatal clash with police