AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

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Posted: Dec 04, 2016 11:54 PM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in Indonesia's capital last week in the second major protest against Jakarta's minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy. The blasphemy controversy has challenged the image of tolerance associated with Islam in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Thailand has a new king, with the country's crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years.

Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet to the president they desperately want removed. The demonstration came hours after lawmakers formally launched an attempt to impeach President Park Geun-hye and set up a floor vote for as early as this Friday.

West Papuan protesters faced off with police in Indonesia's capital in a demonstration calling for the remote region's independence. Rights groups accuse the Indonesian military of serious human rights abuses in Papua, and some Melanesian island states have also voiced concerns and called for Papuan independence.

Two separatist Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal against a ruling disqualifying them from office because they altered their oaths with an anti-China insult.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Toru Takahashi in Tokyo.