Despite the fact that homosexual sex is legal between consenting adults in Indonesia the radical group The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) raided a private gathering in an apartment complex in South Jakarta on Saturday and forced 13 arrests, at what they believed to be a ‘gay sex party.’
A 50-strong FPI mob shouting “Allahu Akbar” swarmed the Kalibata City apartment complex and forced local police to detain the men, whom they found shirtless and ‘playing games’ The Jakarta Post reports.
The FPI were tipped off about the event via a circulated invitation and seized upon it as a chance to punish what they deem to be immoral behaviour.
FPI members boasted about the arrests on Twitter, including a photo of the detained men alongside claims they had ‘successfully broken up’ the gay sex party.
With little to no retribution from the Indonesian government or police, the hardline group has gradually become more vocal and dangerous towards minority groups such as Hindus, smaller Islamic sects and the LGBT community.
In recent years members have committed violent attacks on the Ahmadiyah community, smashed up ‘sinful’ bars for selling alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan and held protests that forced Lady Gaga to cancel the Jakarta leg of her tour amid safety fears.
Indonesia’s Association of Psychiatrists this year claimed being LGBT was a mental disorder and gay emojis were banned from popular messaging apps such as Whatsapp in February.
In the early morning hours of June 28, 2009 on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, at the Rainbow Lounge, a newly opened gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas.a raid was carried out by members of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and the Fort Worth Police Department. Several customers were arrested for public intoxication and one customer received a severe head and brain injury while in custody.
As a result of the fallout for the Rainbow Lounge Raid, the Fort Worth Police Chief named the first ever LGBT liaison, Officer Sara Straten and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission fired 3 individuals and disciplined two others. The agency also completed some previously scheduled changes including increased cultural diversity training.
“Chad Gibson suffered a severe brain injury while in police custody that kept him hospitalized for a week. Officers said he fell and hit his head while handcuffed. He said he was injured when officers slammed him against a wall inside the bar. Gibson is being charged with ‘public intoxication’ and ‘assaulting a state agent.’ George Armstrong suffered severe bruising and muscle strain while being arrested. He is charged with ‘public intoxication.’ Adam Seidel, the attorney for both men, said his clients are not willing to accept a plea bargain and asked that a date be set for the trial. City prosecutor Saleemah Jones declined to comment.”
What a scumbag citry!
Contact the Fort Worth Prosecutor’s Office and The mayor’s office at (817) 392-7629 and let them know that this is a true outrage!