UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI)—Children made to wear jihadist-style costumes with replica weapons left some people in Indonesia with the wrong impression.
During the Aug. 17 Independence Day parade in Probolinggo City, East Java, the girls at TK Kartika kindergarten were seen wearing black veils while holding cardboard cut-out rifles while they marched down the street.
The incident went viral on social media and caused quite an uproar.
The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament Bambang Soesatyo reportedly called the incident an “inappropriate spectacle.”
Meanwhile, the kindergarten’s principal Hartatik claims the props used were not to promote radicalism and violence, but to “increase faith and devotion to Allah.”
Following the controversy, Hartatik was forced to publicly apologize at a press conference with the chairman of the Probolinggo Independence Day cultural parade committee.