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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indonesian Militants Rally in Solo

SOLO, Indonesia -- About 3,000 Muslim militants rallied Sunday in the city of Solo to support detained Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who allegedly heads the al-Qaida-linked group accused in the deadly bombing at Jakarta's Marriott Hotel.

Bashir, in a speech read by an aide, urged people at the rally -- many carrying bamboo staves and wearing green paramilitary uniforms -- to fight for the adoption of Islamic law and to ignore being labeled "terrorists."

Bashir, 64, is believed to be the founder of the Southeast Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah. The group has been blamed for various attacks, including Tuesday's hotel blast and the Oct. 12 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

A taxi driver who died of his injuries Sunday became the 11th fatality in the attack on the Jakarta Marriott. Nearly 150 people were injured.

Sunday's rally was the first public display of solidarity with Bashir since the Marriott attack.

Bashir's speech demanded Islamic law in Indonesia, which has been a secular republic since its independence from the Netherlands in 1949.

"Muslim people, do not be afraid of being called a terrorist or a fundamentalist," the speech said.

"Bashir is a true fighter, but he is not a terrorist. Bush is a terrorist," said Umar Wayan, a Majelis Mujahedin member who was a guard at the rally.

Bashir has repeatedly denied involvement in terrorist acts and says Jemaah Islamiyah does not exist. He is currently on trial. A verdict in his trial is expected by October.